Russia Wants To Fly More Spy Planes Over The US, Pentagon can’t stop it

Russia Wants To Fly More Spy Planes Over The US, Pentagon can’t stop it
Russia US spy planes

Russia US spy planes

Russia US spy planes

According to media reports Tuesday, Russia requested permission on Monday to fly a surveillance plane equipped with an advanced electro-optical imaging sensor over the US, despite objections from American officials.

Both nations are signatories on the Open Skies Treaty, an international agreement that allows for unarmed observation flights over the entirety of the 34 member nations.

CNN reports, the treaty was originally designed to increase the military transparency of member nations. However the US is arguing that Russia is exploiting the spirit of the treaty by using such advanced technology.

Russia’s request of the Vienna-based Open Skies Consultative Commission comes at a time of heightened tensions between the two former Cold War rivals.

Adm. Cecil D. Haney, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, told the AP:

“The treaty has become a critical component of Russia’s intelligence collection capability directed at the United States. In addition to overflying military installations, Russian Open Skies flights can overfly and collect on Department of Defense and national security or national critical infrastructure.”

Haney argues that Russians could easily exploit the data gathered from these flights.

What’s more, Russia has recently denied declined to make all of its territory available for the same purpose. Moscow, Chechnya and the areas around Abkhazia and South Ossetia are all apparently off-limits despite the rules of the treaty.

On the other hand, we’ll know exactly what the Russians are taking pictures of because the treaty stipulates that all images captured must be shared among the 34 member nations. Either way, the flights wouldn’t be conducted until this summer, at the earliest, owing to the treaty’s 120-day lead time.





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  1. Russia US spy planes

    It would be complicated for the United States to block Russia’s request. The Treaty on Open Skies, which was first approved in 1992 and went into effect in 2002, allows signatories to fly unarmed aircraft carrying video and still cameras, infrared scanning devices and certain forms of radar over the territory of other treaty members. Inspections are carried out to make sure the cameras used meet the terms of treaty and are not too powerful.

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  2. Fran

    Just heard on morning news. Russia wants to fly planes over US and Pentagon can’t stop them. News report continues and says Russia will be able to spy and obtain secrets. This is bull carp – come on what happen to missles. I’m for shooting them out of the air like Russia would if we were in their airspace. Russia has already shot down civilian plane that crossed over into their air space. We need to vote a president in that won’t back down and not be a wimp. I’m so tired of US being weak – can’t wait till Obama and his crew are gone. Can you tell I’m pissed off. LOL glad I got that off my chest.

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  3. Mike

    “On the other hand, we’ll know exactly what the Russians are taking pictures of because the treaty stipulates that all images captured must be shared among the 34 member nations”

    That seems like an awfully naive/ optimistic belief considering you JUST got done saying….

    “Moscow, Chechnya and the areas around Abkhazia and South Ossetia are all apparently off-limits despite the rules of the treaty.”

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