Unarmed Russian air force jet flies over Pentagon, Capitol, CIA, White House

Jerome Frank
August 12, 2017

The plane then made several passes around the D.C. metro area for about an hour at lunchtime.

The same plane is also scheduled to fly over where Trump is vacationing in Bedminster, NJ between 5 pm and 6 pm, CNN said.

Since the treaty entered into force in 2002, there have been more than 1,200 Open Skies flights. It's a - Russian military aircraft over a golf course? Over 1200 flights have take place since the treaty was put in place.

The Treaty on Open Skies - which came into effect in 1992 - ensured this action was perfectly legal, as it allows Russian Federation and the United States to implement surveillance flights over the other's territories.

Per instructions in the Open Skies Treaty, the aircraft flown on the missions use specific film equipment aboard the planes to take aerial photos.

Observation flights by member countries are allowed over the entire territory of other member states.

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Air Force personnel were on board, according to CNN.

According to the official, Russian Federation had given the mandatory 72-hour notice before the flight.

Jack Straw, who was British foreign secretary in 2002 when the treaty was signed, said: 'This is a reciprocal treaty which allows us to fly over Russian Federation.

The Treaty on Open Skies aims to promote military openness among the signatory countries, which include Russian Federation, the United States, and Canada, among others. Last year Stewart met with the House Armed Services Committee subcommittee and said he would "love" to potentially deny future Russian expeditions in American airspace, according to the Washington Post.

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'. The treaty aims to promote transparency about military activities.

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