Russian spy plane that flew over Washington, DC, Wednesday trolled Trump

12 August, 2017, 00:29 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
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A Russian surveillance plane flew over Washington, D.C., and traveled near the Pentagon, the Capitol, and other government buildings Wednesday, CNN reported.

The Russian Air Force Tupolev Tu-154 on Wednesday afternoon passed at around 3,700 feet over downtown Washington and Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, where Air Force One is based, according to tracking website Flightradar24. The treaty established criteria under which countries can make unarmed observation flights over the soil of other treaty members in an effort to promote transparency and worldwide arms control efforts, according to the State Department.

We are being told that apparently, a Russian recon plane was "allowed" to fly over the Pentagon, the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters, and over President Trumps golf course and it had full clearance to do so.

A Defense Department official، speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing operations، confirmed that the flight alluded to was Russian and operating in the area through the treaty.

Air Force personnel were on board, according to CNN.

'As per the treaty, we can not confirm any locations until after the mission is over. "We put together the flight plan and with a few exceptions - safety-wise or weather-wise - they are allowed to fly over pretty much the entire territory".

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Nations must give 72 hours notice before arriving to carry out flights and any pictures taken are shared with all treaty members.

Thirty-four nations are signatories to the treaty.

"Any violation of the Russian airspace was prevented", the ministry said. The flight, which was filmed by the Associated Press, was permitted under the Open Skies Treaty.

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'.

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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