Observation flight above Russia and Belarus likely on Romanian aircraft

The Romanian Government signed a memorandum on the start of negotiations and the signing of a technical agreement on the use of Romania’s AN-30 observation aircraft for an observation flight by Norway over the group of party states made up of Belarus and the Russian Federation.

On July 16-20, 2012, a group of Romanian and US inspectors took an observation flight over Russia and Belarus under an open skies treaty.

The aircraft was a Romanian AN-30 that is not designed to be equipped with armament. The board equipment was certified by international specialists, Russian included.

Russia in its turn took observation flights over Romania and Hungary in April 2012. The maximum distance for the flight corridors were set at 900 km above Romania and 860 above Hungary.

The Open Skies Treaty was adopted by members of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in 1992 in order to consolidate confidence among states by improved control over their military activities.

The open skies regime allows the participating countries to openly collect intelligence on troops and events that worry the. There are currently 34 member countries of the treaty.

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