Russian military will fly over Greece on a surveillance mission

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A group of Russian military inspectors will carry out an observation flight over Greece this week under the Open Skies Treaty, according to Krasnaya Zvezda, newspaper of the Russian Armed Forces.

“The observation flight over Greece will take place between February 17 and 21 from the Nea Anchialos Open Skies aerodrome. The maximum flight distance will be 1,010 kilometers,” the media said to the head of the National Center for Reduction of the Nuclear Threat, Sergey Rizhkov.

The military said that the mission will be carried out on board an Russian An-30B aircraft and will follow an agreed route with Greek authorities, and that international observers present on board the aircraft will monitor the use of observation equipment and compliance with the provisions of the treaty.

The Open Skies Treaty was signed in 1992 in Helsinki and authorizes military observers to obtain images of movements of troops and ships in a vast territory from the Canadian city of Vancouver to the port of Vladivostok, in the Russian Far East.

The document currently has 34 signatories, including Russia, which ratified it in May 2001.

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