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Russian Federation spy plane 'trolls' Donald Trump with legal flight over Washington DC

12 August 2017

A Russian surveillance plane soared through secure airspace over Washington on Wednesday، presumably collecting intelligence as it traveled near the Pentagon، the Capitol and other government buildings، two USA officials said.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base released this statement Thursday about reports of a Russian Surveillance Jet landing at the base Wednesday, August 9.

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S. locations, including Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, where President Donald Trump is now in residence.

The Open Skies Treaty allows visiting aircraft to use specific wet film equipment or digital sensors to take aerial surveillance images, which are later shared with the host country. It's a - Russian military aircraft over a golf course? The mission will be flown under the Open Skies Treaty which entered into force in 2002. "We put together the flight plan and with a few exceptions - safety-wise or weather-wise - they are allowed to fly over pretty much the entire territory".

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Jack Straw, who was British foreign secretary in 2002 when the treaty was signed, said: 'This is a reciprocal treaty which allows us to fly over Russian Federation. The United States and Russian Federation both signed the treaty. Last year Stewart met with the House Armed Services Committee subcommittee and said he would "love" to potentially deny future Russian expeditions in American airspace, according to the Washington Post. The Washington, DC area is not excluded from this requirement.

The Russian plane, a Tupolev Tu-154M, which is akin to civilian airliner, flew at about 3,700 feet and has the ability to take aerial photographs, conduct thermal imaging, and can even gather intelligence signals, CNN said.

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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.

Russian Federation spy plane 'trolls' Donald Trump with legal flight over Washington DC