6/5/11

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A Russian reconnaissance aircraft in the Canada skies

OTTAWA - A plane from Russia will perform, starting Tuesday, an observer mission for three days over Canada.

The aircraft, a Tupolev TU-154M, arrived Saturday at CFB Trenton, Ont.

Ottawa has allowed the mission to comply with its obligations under the Treaty on Open Skies, said the Department of National Defence in a statement.

This treaty, ratified in January 2002 by Canada and 33 other states, is to encourage openness and transparency between nations, to strengthen confidence and security and thus "lowering the threshold of armed conflict. "

It allows Member States to carry out a number of observation flights over the territory of other states, among which are Russia, Croatia, Georgia and Ukraine.

This flight marks the seventh time a plane from another country signatory to the treaty makes an observation flight in Canada.