Russian surveillance jet flies over White House, US Capitol and Pentagon

Russian surveillance jet flies over White House, US Capitol and Pentagon

CBS news' David Martin confirms that Russian Federation flew an military observation plane over Washington D.C. on Wednesday, over the Capitol, the Pentagon and the CIA Wednesday, as part of the USA compliance with the Open Skies Treaty.

It is noted that the flight complied with the Tu-154, which, according to Flightradar24, flying at an altitude of just over 1.1 thousand kilometers over downtown Washington and Andrews air force base, where is the airplane of the American President.

Politico and Fox News also said the jet went past Bedminster, New Jersey, where President Donald Trump is vacationing. According to the treaty guidelines, USA airmen are aboard the Russian jet observing when an Open Skies flight occurs.

The State Department said the United States and Russian Federation have done a combined 165 flights under the treaty over the past 15 years.

Wright-Patterson is headquarters of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, which has a film developing facility set up for Open Skies missions.

The flight, which took off from Moscow early Wednesday, appeared to comply with the 1992 Treaty on Open Skies that allows each country to conduct surveillance flights over the other's territory, Politico said.




United States Air Force personnel were on the flight and the aircraft is capable of a variety of intelligence gathering, one of the people said. The agency can only confirm specific locations once a mission is over.

Thirty-four nations are signatories to the treaty. "The Treaty does not preclude an observed State Party from taking mitigation measures at sensitive sites on the ground", TASS cited her as saying.

The entire territory of a nation is fair game, although nations get advanced notice of flight plans.

He said the Russians had satellites they could use if they wanted to spy on British installations.

Besides Russia and the United States, 32 other nations have signed the treaty, which is aimed at fostering transparency about military activity, reducing mistrust and misunderstandings, and facilitating the monitoring of arms control agreements.

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