05:23 GMT07 April 2020
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The United States, Canada, and Norway will carry out an observation flight over Russia from Monday to Friday under the international Open Skies Treaty, the head of the Russian Defence Ministry's National Nuclear Risk Reduction Centre, Sergei Ryzhkov, said in an interview.

    "On August 26-30, as part of the implementation of the international Open Skies Treaty a joint mission of Norway, Canada and the United States will conduct an observation flight over Russia on board a Swedish Saab 340 observation plane that will take off from Kubinka airfield", Ryzhkov told the official newspaper of the Russian Armed Forces, Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star).

    Russian experts will control the flight and the equipment used, he added.

    During the same period, Russian observers will carry out an observation flight over France onboard a An-30B to a maximum distance of 2,078 kilometres (1,291 miles).

    The Treaty on Open Skies was signed in 1992 to promote the openness and transparency of military forces and activities in the post-Cold War period.

    The treaty allows member states to openly gather information on respective armed forces and their military activities during scheduled observation flights. The signatories include most NATO states, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, and several others.

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