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12 August 2017, 12:31 | Myrtle Vega
An aerial view of the Pentagon just over the river from Washington
Russian Federation and the United States are signatories to the treaty, which allows unarmed observation flights over the entire territory of all 34 member nations.
The flight passed over downtown Washington at an altitude of 3,700 feet and then moved on to the Maryland base where Air Force One is based.
The Treaty on Open Skies aims to promote military openness among the signatory countries, which include Russian Federation, the United States, and Canada, among others.
The Russian military flew an unarmed surveillance plane over the Pentagon with us military personnel on board, in accordance with an global treaty to promote transparency between several nations, according to the State Department.
U.S. President Donald Trump is now on vacation so he is not in the White House anyway, though according to two officials familiar with the route of the USA government-approved Russian flight, the jet also passed over Bedminster, New Jersey, where Trump is vacationing.
Pentagon spokesman Dan Gaffney said he could not confirm the path of the plane until its mission is over.
Later in the day, Pentagon officials played down the news, saying it was a "semi-routine" flight taking place under U.S. supervision.
According to a law enforcement source, US Air Force personnel were on board the Russian plane, which has the capability of engaging in various intelligence-gathering operations. In June 2016, the US allowed a Russian jet with the technology to fly over the U.S. The flight, over what is normally some of the most secure airspace in the nation, was allowed under the Treaty of Open Skies, which allows participating countries the opportunity to take aerial imagery anywhere over a participating country's territory to promote transparency about military activities.
The plan for the Russian plane was to take a tour of various Trump properties including his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, according to CNN.
"This flight will be monitored by U.S. Capitol Police and other federal government agencies،" the alert concluded.
"Any violation of the Russian airspace was prevented", the ministry said.
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