Thursday, 13 December, 2018

US conducts 'extraordinary flight' over Ukraine after Russian Federation ship seizure

Pentagon sends flight over Ukraine following Russian naval incident Pentagon sends flight over Ukraine following Russian naval incident
Steven Clarke | 07 December, 2018, 22:45

The treaty "promotes openness and transparency in military activities through reciprocal, unarmed observation flights", Pahon said. The timing of this flight is meant to reaffirm US commitment to Ukraine and other partner nations.‎ The United States is resolute in our support for the security of European nations.

"Vessels make their way to the entrance and exit through the Kerch Strait toward Ukrainian ports", Omelyan said on December 4, adding that all Ukrainian ships "are stopped and inspected by Russian Federation as before, but the traffic has been partially restored".

Thirty-four nations are party to the treaty which allows them to gather aerial imagery and conduct surveillance on the military forces and activities of other nations.

The complaints come three days after Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan announced that Russian Federation had "partially" unblocked Ukraine's Sea of Azov ports, allowing Ukrainian ship to pass through the Kerch Strait for the first time since November 25.

An OC-135B Open Skies aircraft takes flight on August 13, 2015, at Offutt AFB, Neb.

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A total of 25 USA military personnel - eight Defense Threat Reduction Agency personnel and a 17-person aircrew from the 55th Wing out of Offut Air Force Base, Nebraska - participated in Thursday's flight. The Open Skies is an observation aircraft used for treaty support enhancing global peace, stability and cooperative security.

The USS McCampbell sailed near the Peter the Great Bay to "challenge Russia's excessive maritime claims" in what is known under global norms as a "freedom of navigation operation".

A U.S. guided-missile destroyer was deployed to disputed waters off the Russian coast on Wednesday in a rare show of force not seen since the Cold War.

The U.S.is also making preparations to send a warship into the Black Sea, CNN reported Wednesday. Russian President Vladimir Putin responded, saying that if the USA were to exit the treaty and build such missiles that Moscow would follow suit. Kyle Raines, a spokesman for 6th Fleet, told reporters. "The United States seeks a better relationship with Russian Federation, but this can not happen while its unlawful and destabilizing actions continue in Ukraine and elsewhere", the statement says.

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