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12 August, 2017, 00:31 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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A Russian air force spy plane flew from Moscow to the US on Wednesday, buzzing over the nation's capital before making a pass over Bedminster, New Jersey, where President Donald Trump is now vacationing at one of his golf resorts. The plane then appeared over Dayton, Ohio near Wright-Patterson Air Base, and back over Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.

The Russian spy plane, Tupolev Tu-154M, flew near the golf resort at 4,000 feet, and then climbed to 5,000 feet before flying into NY airspace, two US defense officials told Fox News. On the Russian territory, a joint mission under the Open Skies Treaty was conducted jointly by the United Kingdom and Norway. It's a - Russian military aircraft over a golf course?

The individual explained to Politico that the Russians had given them the required 72 hours' notice before undertaking the flight, and American personnel had been on board to observe it.

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Per instructions in the Open Skies Treaty, the aircraft flown on the missions use specific film equipment aboard the planes to take aerial photos.

Between the Treaty on Open Skies coming into effect in 2002 and 2016, the US flew more than twice as many flights over Russian Federation than vice versa, a US State Department fact sheet showed.

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

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Observation flights by member countries are allowed over the entire territory of other member states.

Most outlets were particularly drawn to the fact the Russian Open Skies aircraft - converted from an old Tu-154M airliner - had allegedly been traveling at around 1,000 meters (3,700ft) over the DC metropolitan area.

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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