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Russian Spy Plane Flies Over Trump's New Jersey Golf Club, DC Area

Russian Spy Plane Flies Over Trump's New Jersey Golf Club, DC Area

U.S. President Donald Trump is now on vacation so he is not in the White House anyway, though according to two officials familiar with the route of the United States government-approved Russian flight, the jet also passed over Bedminster, New Jersey, where Trump is vacationing. It also passed by Joint Base Andrews, home to Air Force One. 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.

The flight، first reported by CNN، is expected to be followed by another one Wednesday evening that flies over President Donald Trump's property in Bedminster، New Jersey، where he is vacationing. According to the treaty guidelines, USA airmen are aboard the Russian jet observing when an Open Skies flight occurs.

The treaty flights are fairly common and the same Russian Air Force jet was spotted recently landing at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas.

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. Per stipulations in the Open Skies Treaty, visiting aircraft are allowed to use specific wet film equipment or digital sensors to take aerial surveillance photos that are later shared with the host nation.

The Russians are required to give a 72-hour notice of the mission and must have American personnel on board as observers.

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"Any violation of the Russian airspace was prevented", the ministry said.

According to the State Department's web site: 'The Treaty on Open Skies establishes a regime of unarmed aerial observation flights over the territories of its signatories.

Washington, D.C.is not exempted from the treaty requirements, nor has there been any mention of private facilities such as golf courses owned by the president where he may be staying.

Although the targets of surveillance were somewhat out of the ordinary, the flights themselves are relatively routine and are created to promote openness among nations and their militaries.