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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 20:43

Russia flies military observation plane over Capitol, Pentagon, CIA

Written by  CBS News

CBS news' David Martin confirms that Russia flew an military observation plane over Washington D.C. on Wednesday, over the Capitol, the Pentagon and the CIA Wednesday, as part of the U.S. compliance with the Open Skies Treaty.

CNN first reported the overflight.

Under the Open Skies Treaty, first signed in 1992, 34 countries -- including the U.S. and Russia -- allow member states to conduct unarmed observation flights in order to foster transparency about military activity and help monitor arms control and other agreements.

In 2016, Russia requested permission to equip its observation aircraft with digital electro-optical sensors, which some member states thought might allow Russia to collect more detailed intelligence. In June 2016, the U.S. allowed a Russian jet with the technology to fly over the U.S.

Observation flights by member countries are allowed over the entire territory of other member states. States have to provide 72 hours' advance notice of their flyover plans, but the host country, under the treaty, may not restrict access to any part of its territory except for safety reasons. In the past, Russia has been accused of unfairly restricting some of its territory from view, in particular, over Chechnya or within 10 kilometers of its border with Georgia, according to the Arms Control Center.

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Nice try Libturds!! This is nothing with PRESIDENT Trump!! WE are doing the same thing in Russia!!

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Did anyone actually SEE the farkakteh plane? Or is this just more Beck & Limbaugh bull-(expletive deleted)?

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Big deal. The agreement was signed in 1992 and the first Russian flight over the White House was in 2002. They've been doing this for 15 years, so I wonder why they are finally publicizing it now. Could it be that it is more BS to make Trump look bad?

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This is hard to believe! Try flying a private plane over any of these restricted areas and you have an escort on your wing tips with clear directions your either out of there by "turning" or "going down".
. Yes, low altitude reconnaissance provide vastly more data than satellites since it verifies 3-D imagery, low angle images, clearer mapping of the electro-magnetic fields and much more.

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Such stupidity abounds, with the Spy Satellites that most countries have up there that can identify a person walking on the street any place in the world why and what good would Russian spy planes do.

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