But the flight took on special significance Wednesday both because of the audacious flight plan selected by the Russians and because of the flurry of investigations over Russian election interference. None of them trespassed.
Earlier US media said a Tupolev-154M plane of Russia's Aerospace Force on Wednesday flew over Washington and its environs at an altitude of slightly above 1,000 meters while making a scheduled flight under the Open Skies Treaty.
Russian Federation and the United States have conducted similar flights over each other's territory 165 times over the past 15 years.
In addition to military and government buildings, Russian Federation took a flight over President Donald Trump's golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., where he is now on vacation.
"This flight will be monitored by U.S. Capitol Police and other federal government agencies،" the alert concluded.More news: Long, Houston Out for Bears vs. Broncos
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The fly-over is allowed under a 2002 treaty that allows Russian Federation, the United States and more than 30 other countries to fly short-notice, unarmed flights in each other's territories. In June 2016, the USA allowed a Russian jet with the technology to fly over the U.S.
In 2014, military newspaper Stars and Stripes reported on us military flights over Moscow and other parts of Russian Federation to take photos of military installations and equipment. Countries party to the agreement include Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom and many other smaller nations, according to the U.S.
He said the Russians had satellites they could use if they wanted to spy on British installations. A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, defended the program to reporters previous year.
"We have to remember that while we have pretty good intelligence on a lot of the world, a lot of other countries don't necessarily have that great of intelligence on us", Davis said. "So، in the interest of transparency and miscalculation on their part، sometimes it's worthwhile to allow them to have a look at what you're doing or what you're not doing".