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    A US surveillance aircraft has taken off from the Russian city of Ulan-Ude for US state of Alaska on Saturday, Baikal International Airport official stated.

    KRASNOYARSK (Sputnik) — A US surveillance aircraft, which carried out a flight over Russia under the Open Skies agreement, has taken off from the Russian city of Ulan-Ude for US state of Alaska, a representative of the Baikal International Airport said Saturday.

    "Today at 09:30 [local time, 06:30 GMT], [the aircraft] flew off to Anchorage," the representative told RIA Novosti.

    The US OC-135B aircraft conducted the unarmed surveillance flight with Russian experts on board earlier this week.

    The Treaty on Open Skies signed in March 1992 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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    Open Skies Agreement, surveillance aircraft, flight, OC-135B, United States, Russia, Ulan-ude, Alaska
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