It may seem difficult to believe, but the United States can fly an unarmed military reconnaissance aircraft anywhere over Russia and 32 other nations, with only 24 hours notice of the intended flight plan. The Russian Federation has a reciprocal right to conduct aerial photography flights over the United States and other treaty members. Over 840 of these reconnaissance missions have been flown over Europe, Russia and North America since 2002 under the auspices of the Open Skies Treaty.
Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Open Skies Treaty. First proposed by President Eisenhower in 1955 at the height of the Cold War, the initiative was resurrected by President George H.W.… Seguir leyendo »