The head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Nuclear Risk Reduction Center announced that Russian military experts will carry out observation flights over the territory of such Balkan states as Croatia and Slovenia.
The flights will be performed in the period April 24-29 over the territory of Croatia and Slovenia under the Treaty on Open Skies, Sergei Ryzhkov, head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Nuclear Risk Reduction Center, said. He also added that:
“Within the framework of implementation of the Treaty on Open Skies, Russia is planning to carry out an observation flight on the Russian An-30B aircraft over the territory of Slovenia and Croatia.”
The flights would be conducted from the Open Skies airfields in Ljubljana and Zagreb along the coordinated routes with French experts on board controlling the use of observation equipment and fulfillment of the treaty’s provisions.
The Treaty on Open Skies was signed in March 1992 and entered into force on January 1, 2002, establishing a regime of observation flights over the states that had signed the accord to gather information about military forces and activities and is one of the most efficient tools after the Cold War.