VLADIMIR PUTIN’S spy planes are flying over the skies of Britain – and the UK Government have welcomed the Russian jets with open arms.
And the relationship between the two super powers appears to be so cosy, that the UK air force personnel will be aboard the spy planes.
Russian airmen have been given the green light to carry out reconnaissance missions in British airspace as part of a treaty that was drawn up in the aftermath of the Cold War.
The “Open Skies” treaty, which sees both countries share intelligence to “enhance mutual understanding”, was rolled out with the aim of de-escalating tensions between the West and Russia.
Although the idea was initially dismissed, it was then mooted in 2002 when a number of countries, including Britain, the US, Russia and many other NATO members agreed to sign up.
The agreement allows any signatory to request pictures from the latest overflight of any country as a deterrent to member states setting up new missile stations or nuclear enrichment plans.
The US hail the treaty as a way of having “unarmed aerial observation” over the entire territory of a signatory.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said: “When Open Skies flights occur over the UK, we always have RAF representatives onboard – and the UK always gets to see all the photos which were taken on the flight.
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