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Pentagon Has Confirmed Russia's right to Carry Out Monitoring Air Flight over Washington

10.08.2017 13:20

Russia’s Aerospace Force had every right to perform an observation flight over Washington under the terms of the Open Skies Treaty, an official of the Pentagon’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency said.

"The Treaty allows participating states to observe the entire territory of the other states parties. The Washington, DC area is not excluded from this requirement. Prior to an overflight, each overflown state is notified of the observation mission's planned flight path", officials said.

Earlier US media said a Tupolev-154M plane of Russia’s Aerospace Force on Wednesday flew over Washington and its environs at an altitude of slightly above 1,000 meters while making a scheduled flight under the Open Skies Treaty. The plane was equipped with monitoring cameras flew over the Pentagon, the CIA, the White House, the US Congress and a number of other US government facilities.