Under the Open Skies / Open Skies Treaty, from 2 to 6 last September, a team of Italian, Hungarian and Slovenian inspectors carried out an aerial observation flight with Antonov-26 aircraft on the territory of Ukraine.
Operational activity was conducted from the Kiev airport and covered a large area of the western portion of the country.
The national inspection team, made up of experts from different Defense divisions and under the coordination of the Armaments Control and Verification and Counterproliferation Office of the III Department of the Defense Staff, worked together with Hungarian and Slovenian personnel, guaranteeing the fulfillment of the mission and the achievement of the objectives set in compliance with the procedures provided for by the Treaty.
The observation flight ended successfully, helping to promote transparency and mutual trust among the countries involved, in full harmony with the spirit of the Treaty. The results of the activity confirmed the validity of the Defense approach, which in synergy with the partners and in the pursuit of national interest, has once again enhanced the country's commitment to a delicate international environment.
The Open Skies / Open Skies Treaty signed in Helsinki in the 1992 constitutes, together with the Conventional Forces Europe Treaty (CFE) and the Vienna Document, one of the pillars of conventional arms control and allows the mutual performance of aerial observation missions on the territories of the Member States.