Russian surveillance plane soars over the Pentagon, Capitol and other Washington sights
12 Августа 2017, 12:33 | Marta Robbins
An aerial view of the Pentagon just over the river from Washington
The Russian Air Force Tupolev Tu-154 aircraft made the flight through the Treaty on Open Skies، which Russia، the United States and 32 other nations have signed. And finally, the Tu-154M allegedly flew over the countryside residence of U.S. leaders in Camp David, Maryland, near the Wright-Patterson air force base in OH and near the Mount Weather emergency operations center in Virginia.
CNN and Politico reported that besides buzzing over Washington, the Russian Tu-154M plane is due to fly over Bedminster, New Jersey, where President Donald Trump is vacationing, and the presidential retreat in Camp David, Maryland. A typical mission has several segments (flights) taking place over a few days; once this mission is over we can confirm the specific locations per your initial request, ' said a Pentagon spokesman asked about the flights.
In addition to military and government buildings, Russian Federation took a flight over President Donald Trump's golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., where he is now on vacation.
Although the targets of surveillance were somewhat out of the ordinary, the flights themselves are relatively routine and are created to promote openness among nations and their militaries.
But the US Capitol Police issued a heads-up, saying an "authorised low-altitude aircraft" would enter restricted airspace over the Capitol between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Moreover, the United States side took part in the development of the flight's route, she said. "They come here just like we go there", a USA official said.
"This flight will be monitored by U.S. Capitol Police and other federal government agencies،" the alert concluded.
The treaty - which was introduced after the Cold War allows 34 states to conduct unarmed flights over other countries.
He said the Russians had satellites they could use if they wanted to spy on British installations.
The Open Skies Treaty has been in effect since 2002 and over 1,200 flights have been conducted since, which contributes to verification of compliance with arms control agreements, according to the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency. After each flight, the host nation gets a copy of any imagery taken by the observation aircraft.
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