Russian Tu-154M plane flies over CIA, Pentagon and White House

Kristopher Drake
August 12, 2017

It also passed by Joint Base Andrews, home to Air Force One.

Russian spy planes got a low-altitude view of Washington, D.C. - followed by a trip up to the Bedminster, New Jersey golf course where President Trump is staying Wednesday. The treaty established criteria under which countries can make unarmed observation flights over the soil of other treaty members in an effort to promote transparency and global arms control efforts، according to the State Department. The jet passed over the Trump National Golf Course in the state, where he is now residing. The flight path of the jet suggests the Russians might have had Trump in mind during their reconnaissance mission. The mission will be flown under the Open Skies Treaty which entered into force in 2002.

A law enforcement source told CNN that the plane also overflew Camp David, the presidential retreat in the Catoctin Mountains, the Trump National Golf Course in Virginia, and Mount Weather, one of the U.S. government's secret relocation bunkers.

'As per the treaty, we can not confirm any locations until after the mission is over.

"The Treaty allows participating states to observe the entire territory of the other states parties".

The Russians are required to give a 72-hour notice of the mission and must have American personnel on board as observers.

Both the USA and Russian Federation are signatories to the treaty along with 32 other nations.

The treaty, for instance, obligates each member to make all of its territory available for observation, yet officials said Russia has imposed restrictions on surveillance over Moscow and Chechnya and near Abkhazia and South Ossetia, two breakaway regions of Georgia now under Russian control. State Department. While Russia and the United States have a quota of 42 for observation flights, the smallest nations are only allowed a few opportunities. The Washington, DC area is not excluded from this requirement.

The Russian plane can conduct intelligence gathering including aerial photography, thermal imaging, and picking up signals intelligence.

Besides Russia and the United States, 32 other nations have signed the treaty, which is aimed at fostering transparency about military activity, reducing mistrust and misunderstandings, and facilitating the monitoring of arms control agreements.

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