İlknur Şebnem Öztemel-TDO-11.08.2017- Russian military jets started observatory flights over Washington DC regarding Treaty on Open Skies.
According to CNN, an unarmed Russian airforce jet flew over the American capital as an appliance of Treaty on Open Skies which allow member states to conduct observatory flights over each other’s territory. It is also reported that an American military official was on the board too.
It is revealed that the US Capitol, the Pentagon, Central Intelligence Agency and the presidential retreat at Camp David were included in the reute of the jet. Moreover, it is asserted that Trump’s summer holiday route, Bedminster/ New Jersey was supposed to be on the road of Russians too.
As US State Department released a sheet about the issue and said “The Treaty’s primary value is its role in building transparency and confidence, not intelligence gathering” adding “The Treaty provides valuable information, especially for our Allies and partners that do not have the same imaging capabilities as the US” and allow members to “avoid surprises in a cooperative way”. Morover, it has been announced that US made more than twice as many flights over Russia in between 2002 and 2016 when the treaty was in effect.