A Russian surveillance plane soared through secure airspace over Washington on Wednesday، presumably collecting intelligence as it traveled near the Pentagon، the Capitol and other government buildings، two US officials said.
Russian spy planes got a low-altitude view of Washington, D.C. - followed by a trip up to the Bedminster, New Jersey golf course where President Trump is staying Wednesday. "Open Skies is one of the most wide-ranging global arms control efforts to date to promote openness and transparency in military forces and activities". According to the treaty guidelines، us airmen are aboard the Russian jet observing when an Open Skies flight occurs.
The individual explained to Politico that the Russians had given them the required 72 hours' notice before undertaking the flight, and American personnel had been on board to observe it.
The flight was carried out in the framework of the open skies Treaty between the two countries.
Wright-Patterson is headquarters of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, which has a film developing facility set up for Open Skies missions.
A law enforcement source told CNN that the plane also overflew Camp David, the presidential retreat in the Catoctin Mountains, the Trump National Golf Course in Virginia, and Mount Weather, one of the USA government's secret relocation bunkers. The agency can only confirm specific locations once a mission is over.
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Both the USA and Russian Federation are signatories to the treaty along with 32 other nations.
"The Treaty allows participating states to observe the entire territory of the other states parties".
"Any violation of the Russian airspace was prevented", the ministry said.
Most outlets were particularly drawn to the fact the Russian Open Skies aircraft - converted from an old Tu-154M airliner - had allegedly been traveling at around 1,000 meters (3,700ft) over the DC metropolitan area.
"The treaty is created to enhance mutual understanding and confidence by giving all participants, regardless of size, a direct role in gathering information through aerial imaging on military forces and activities of concern to them", according to the State Department.
Although the targets of surveillance were somewhat out of the ordinary, the flights themselves are relatively routine and are created to promote openness among nations and their militaries.