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    Еhe head of the Russian Defense Ministry's Nuclear Risk Reduction Center said that the United States and Canada will carry out an observation flight over Russia's territory under the Open Skies Treaty.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The United States and Canada will carry out an observation flight over Russia's territory under the Open Skies Treaty, the head of the Russian Defense Ministry's Nuclear Risk Reduction Center said Monday.

    "From July 4 until July 9, in the frameworks of the Open Skies Treaty, joint mission of the United States and Canada will hold an observation flight of the Canadian C-130 observation aircraft over Russia's territory," Sergei Ryzhkov said.

    According to Ryzhkov, the aircraft will take off from the Tiksi airport in the Russian region of Yakutia.

    Ryzhkov also noted that Russian specialists on board of the aircraft would monitor compliance with the agreed parameters for the flight and the use of observation equipment.

    The Treaty on Open Skies was signed in March 1992 and became one of the major confidence-building measures in Europe after the Cold War. It entered into force on January 1, 2002, and currently has 34 states parties, including Russia and most NATO members.

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