Pentagon reveals US observation flight over Ukraine

2018-12-07 09:26
A Russian jet coming within a few feet of a US Air Force reconnaissance jet over the Baltic Sea. ( Master Sgt Charles Larkin Snr, US European Command via AP)

A Russian jet coming within a few feet of a US Air Force reconnaissance jet over the Baltic Sea. ( Master Sgt Charles Larkin Snr, US European Command via AP)

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The Pentagon says a US Air Force plane flew a special observation flight over Ukraine in a show of solidarity after Ukraine's naval confrontation with Russia.

In a statement, the Pentagon called it an "extraordinary" flight on Thursday under the Open Skies Treaty, which is an international accord that gives each member country the right to conduct, and the obligation to accept, unarmed military observation flights. The purpose to is promote transparency in military activities.

Normally these flights are scheduled well in advance. But the treaty permits "extraordinary", or unscheduled, flights if two participating members agree. In this case, Ukraine requested a flight and the US agreed to conduct it over an uncontested portion of Ukraine territory.

On November 25, Russia and Ukraine had a naval clash near Kerch Strait.

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