Rus­sia fly­ing over, pho­tograph­ing Cana­dian mil­i­tary bases this week

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - NATIONAL -

OT­TAWA — Rus­sia is us­ing a post-Cold War agree­ment to con­duct an ae­rial surveil­lance mis­sion over Cana­dian mil­i­tary fa­cil­i­ties this week, even as re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries re­main frosty. The five-day mis­sion started Tues­day and in­volves an un­armed Rus­sian air­craft fly­ing to dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try to take photos of Cana­dian Forces bases and other mil­i­tary in­stal­la­tions. It is be­ing con­ducted through the Treaty on Open Skies, which Canada, Rus­sia and 32 other coun­tries signed in 1992 to en­cour­age trust and open­ness about each coun­try’s mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­i­ties and ac­tiv­i­ties. Na­tional De­fence spokesman Evan Koronewski said the Cana­dian mil­i­tary will es­cort the Rus­sians across the coun­try to en­sure they don’t stray be­yond what is al­lowed in the treaty. The mis­sion comes af­ter Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau called Rus­sia out for sup­port­ing the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment, and as Canada

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