Monday, 21 August, 2017

Russian jet buzzes Trump golf club's restricted skies in Bedminster, reports say

US Capitol building Russian jet buzzes Trump golf club's restricted skies in Bedminster, reports say
Andrew Cummings | 12 August, 2017, 00:31

An unarmed Russian air force reconnaissance jet flew over several government buildings and landmarks in the nation's capital Wednesday - including the Pentagon, the Capitol, the National Mall and the White House - ABC News has confirmed. And finally, the Tu-154M allegedly flew over the countryside residence of U.S. leaders in Camp David, Maryland, near the Wright-Patterson air force base in OH and near the Mount Weather emergency operations center in Virginia.

A second flight by the same jet is planned for between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday, when the Russian jet will overfly Bedminster, New Jersey, where President Donald Trump is vacationing, according to two people familiar with the USA government-approved flight. On the Russian territory, a joint mission under the Open Skies Treaty was conducted jointly by the United Kingdom and Norway.

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.

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

The Treaty on Open Skies is an agreement signed in 1992 between 34 nations that allows them to go on unarmed flights in secure air territory with a representative from the nation they are observing.

'As per the treaty, we can not confirm any locations until after the mission is over.

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The Pentagon says that before the flights, each state is given the flight plan of the mission and an escort team flies aboard the aircraft to make sure it complies with the treaty.

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

Russia's Aerospace Force had every right to perform an observation flight over Washington under the terms of the Open Skies Treaty, an official of the Pentagon's Defense Threat Reduction Agency said.

Both the U.S. and Russian Federation are signatories to the treaty along with 32 other nations. 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 Russian plane, a Tupolev Tu-154M, which is akin to civilian airliner, flew at about 3,700 feet and has the ability to take aerial photographs, conduct thermal imaging, and can even gather intelligence signals, CNN said. The flights are meant to foster transparency about military activity, reduce mistrust or misunderstandings and help monitor arms control and other agreements.

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