Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation

06/17/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 06/18/2019 05:44

Russian and Belarusian specialists to make an observation flight over Latvia

17.06.2019 (18:06)

According to Sergei Ryzhkov, the head of the Nuclear Risk Reduction Center, within the framework of the implementation of an international Treaty on the Open Skies, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus plan to conduct a joint observation flight on a Russian observation aircraft AN-30B over the territory of Latvia.

The observation flight will be carried out in the period from June 17 to 21 from the Open Skies airfield Riga. The maximum flight range will account for 800 km.

A Russian observation aircraft will fly along the agreed route, and Latvia's representatives on board will monitor the use of special equipment and compliance with the provisions of the Treaty on Open Skies.

Observation flights within the framework of the treaty are carried out in order to promote greater openness and transparency in the military activities of the participating States, as well as to enhance security through strengthening confidence-building measures.