Germany and Romania will conduct observation flights over the Russian Federation from July 8 to 12 as part of the Treaty on Open Skies, according to Sergei Ryzhkov, the head of Russia’s Nuclear Risk Reduction Center.
The observation flight will be conducted by an An-30 observation aircraft taking off from the Kubinka airfield.
During the flight along the agreed route, Russian specialists on board the observation aircraft will monitor the strict observance of the agreed flight parameters and application of the monitoring equipment stipulated by the contract.
Observation flights within the framework of the treaty are carried out in order to promote greater openness and transparency in the military activities of the participating States, as well as to enhance security through strengthening confidence-building measures.
The aircraft and observation equipment installed on it (aerial cameras) underwent an international certification, in which Russian specialists took part, which precludes the use of technical means not covered by the treaty.