The DTRA would not confirm Wednesday's Russian flights but said a typical mission conducted under the treaty has multiple flights taking place over several days. None of them trespassed.
An unarmed Russian Air Force Tupolev Tu-154 jet was seen flying as low as 3,700 feet over downtown Washington D.C. on Wednesday, as well as Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, where Air Force One is maintained.
The aircraft on the ramp at Wright-Patterson AFB is a Tu-154 from the government of Russian Federation which is conducting an Open Skies observation flight over the US on Thursday and Friday.
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.
Far from a surprise though, the Russian Air Force Tupolev Tu-154 overflight is agreed thanks to a mutual arrangement which Russia, the USA and a handful of other militaries are part of.
We are being told that apparently, a Russian recon plane was "allowed" to fly over the Pentagon, the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters, and over President Trumps golf course and it had full clearance to do so.
The US uses the OC-1535 B aircraft when it conducts the same missions over Russian Federation and other countries. The agreement, called the Treaty on Open Skies, ensures 34 states have an equal right to periodically fly unarmed surveillance aircraft above one another's territories.
"Any violation of the Russian airspace was prevented", the ministry said. "So from my perspective، it gives them a significant advantage".
Navy Captain Jeff Davis spoke on behalf of the program in response to Stewart's comments.
"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".