Russia’s TASS agency has announced that Russia will begin a surveillance flight today above Bosnia and Herzegovina, which will last until Friday, May 17th.
The observation flight above BH was previously carried out by Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Belgium, the Netherlands and some other countries.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of the 34 States Parties to the Agreement, which implies control of the military activities of the signatories.
The Treaty on Open Skies was signed by representatives of 27 countries in Helsinki on March 24, 1992. The purpose of the deal is to help build confidence between countries through the improvement of mechanisms to control military activities and compliance with arms control accords. A total of 34 member-countries of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe are currently the parties to the agreement.
The Russian media adds that inspectors will conduct an observation flight over the United States from May 12 to May 20.
“A group of Russian inspects plans to carry out an observation flight abroad a Tupolev Tu-154MLK-1 Russian aircraft over the United States as part of implementing the international Treaty on Open Skies,” the paper wrote.
The data being collected becomes common property, ie all the signatory countries can access the collected data.