Russian Spy Plane Flies Over White House

Tupolev Tu-154M

The treaty allows the agreement's 34 signatory nations the right to conduct aerial observations of military assets possessed by other signing members.

A Russian surveillance aircraft has made a low altitude flight over the Pentagon, the Capitol and other United States government buildings in Washington.

A Russian Air Force jet reportedly flew over the White House, US Capitol, Pentagon and many other government buildings in Washington on Wednesday (9 August). A typical mission has several segments (flights) taking place over a few days; once this mission is over we can confirm the specific locations per your initial request, ' said a Pentagon spokesman asked about the flights.

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The unarmed Russian Tupolev TU-154M, which took off from Dayton, Ohio in the morning, also covered the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Langley, Virginia, and Camp David and Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

The same plane is also scheduled to fly over where Trump is vacationing in Bedminster, NJ between 5 pm and 6 pm, CNN said.

United States Air Force personnel were on the flight and the aircraft is capable of a variety of intelligence gathering, one of the people said. "Whenever I mention that Russians fly aircraft over the US taking pictures, it blows people's minds".

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The U.S. Capitol Police issued an alert of the Washington overfly between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The aircraft on the ramp at Wright-Patterson AFB is a Tu-154 from the government of Russian Federation which is conducting an Open Skies observation flight over the US on Thursday and Friday.

"The Treaty allows participating states to observe the entire territory of the other states parties". 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 worldwide arms control efforts، according to the State Department.

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"Any violation of the Russian airspace was prevented", the ministry said.

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