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Hungary, Canada Conduct Unarmed Observation Flights Above Russia

Tamás Székely 2015.07.27.

Observers of the Hungarian and Canadian air forces have started unarmed flights in the Russian airspace, under the Treaty on Open Skies, Russia’s Nuclear Risk Reduction Centre said. Sergey Ryzhkov, the head of the Nuclear Risk Reduction Centre, was quoted by Russian news agency TASS as saying that the observations will be carried out between July 27 and July 31, using an An-26 plane from the Hungarian air force.

The Open Skies Consultative Commission (OSCC) has authorised Hungary to conduct “two observation flights over the territory of the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation group of States Parties, of which one shared with Canada and one shared with the Italian Republic” as part of the four flights permitted by the Treaty each year.

The Treaty on Open Skies, allowing unarmed observation flights, was signed by twenty-seven states in Helsinki in 1992; the number of member states has grown in the past years. Several hundred observatory flights have been carried out in member states’ airspaces since, from Vancouver to Vladivostok. The aim of these flights is to strengthen trust, security and stability.

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