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US, allies conduct observation flight over Ukraine: Pentagon

IANS  |  Washington 

The said on Thursday that the US and its allies conducted an observation flight over earlier in the day.

The Pentagon, in a statement, called it "an extraordinary flight under the Open Skies Treaty", reported.

The Treaty on Open Skies was signed in March 1992 and became one of the major confidence-building measures in after the Cold War. It took effect in 2002 and currently has 34 state parties, including and most members of the (NATO).

The emphasized that "the timing of this flight is intended to reaffirm US commitment and support to and other partner nations".

On November 25, three Ukrainian naval ships and more than 20 sailors attempting to sail through the from the to the were seized by Russian forces for allegedly violating the Russian border.

The called the incident an "act of aggression", saying it had informed in advance of the passage. Meanwhile, said it had received no such report and the ships ignored multiple warnings by the Russian border guards.

The had earlier cancelled a planned meeting between US and his Russian counterpart during the Group of 20 summit last weekend due to Russia's confrontation with

The has started preparations to dispatch a warship into the amid the tension between and Ukraine over the incident, the US media reported on Wednesday.



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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 01:26 IST