The agreement allows signatory nations to fly unarmed surveillance aircraft over each other's territory and take aerial imagery. And finally, the Tu-154M allegedly flew over the countryside residence of USA leaders in Camp David, Maryland, near the Wright-Patterson air force base in OH and near the Mount Weather emergency operations center in Virginia.
Russian Federation and the United States have conducted similar flights over each other's territory 165 times over the past 15 years.
An unarmed Russian air force reconnaissance jet flew over several government buildings and landmarks in the nation's capital Wednesday - including the Pentagon, the Capitol, the National Mall and the White House - ABC News has confirmed. "Prior to an overflight, each overflown state is notified of the observation mission's planned flight path", officials said.
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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 will be large and may fly directly over the U.S. Capitol", stated the alert. On Wednesday, August 9, the Russian military flew a surveillance plane over the Pentagon as part of a routine flight allowed under an global treaty.
According to CNN, the plane "overflew the US Capitol, the Pentagon, Central Intelligence Agency and Joint Base Andrews" in Maryland.
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. In the past, Russian Federation has been accused of unfairly restricting some of its territory from view, in particular, over Chechnya or within 10 kilometers of its border with Georgia, according to the Arms Control Center.