29 Jul 2019 16:57

Russian observers to fly over Norway under Open Skies Treaty

MOSCOW. July 29 (Interfax) - Russian observers will fly a mission over Norway under the Open Skies Treaty this week, acting head of the Russian National Nuclear Threat Reduction Center Ruslan Shishin said.

"Russia plans to conduct an observation flight in a Russian Antonov An-30B observation plane over the territory of Norway under the Open Skies Treaty," the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper of the Russian Defense Ministry quoted Shishin as saying.

The 1,700-kilometer flight will take place between July 29 and August 2 from the Bardufoss open skies airfield.

"Norwegian specialists aboard the aircraft will control the compliance with the flight parameters and the use of equipment provided by the treaty during the flight along the planned route," Shishin said.

Open Skies observation flight are promoting greater openness and transparency in military activities of the treaty signatories and enhancing security by means of confidence- and security-building measures.