25 Mar 2019 16:53

Russian military inspectors to perform observation flights in U.S., Poland

MOSCOW. March 25 (Interfax) - A group of military inspectors of Belarus and Russia are set to perform observation flights in Poland and the United States under the Open Skies Treaty, the newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda said on Monday with reference to the head of the National Nuclear Threat Reduction Center Sergei Ryzhkov.

"The Russian inspection team plans to perform the observation flight on board of Russia's Tupolev Tu-154M LK-1 plane over the territory of the United States. The flight will be performed from the Great Falls Open Skies airfield up to a top distance of 5,130 kilometers," the newspaper said.

According to the newspaper, the flight will be performed between March 25 and 30.

Meanwhile, a Russian Antonov An-30B observation plane will fly over Poland.

"The observation flight over Poland will be performed between March 25 and 29 from the Warsaw Open Skies airfield to a top distance of 1,400 kilometers. The Russian observation plane will fly on the route approved by the host country, and Polish specialists will be present on board to control the use of observation equipment and the provisions of the treaty," the newspaper said.

In turn, a joint mission of Slovakia and Poland will perform an observation flight in Belarus and Russia on board a Ukrainian Antonov An-30B observation plane from the Kubinka airfield between March 25 and 30.