An unarmed Russian military plane will fly over New York City and Bedminster, N.J. — home to two properties owned by President Trump — in the coming days as part of an agreement between the Russian and U.S. militaries.
The Russian Air Force aircraft flew over Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, cruising the skies over the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon, the Central Intelligence Agency, and Joint Base Andrews at low altitude, according to reports. The plane also flew over Dayton, Ohio.
The same Russian jet will fly over Bedminster, N.J., where Trump is vacationing at one of his golf clubs, and New York City, home to Trump Tower.
The flight was conducted under the 1992 Treaty on Open Skies, which allows member countries to conduct surveillance flights over the territories of the 34 fellow member nations.
Over the last 15 years, the U.S. and Russia have participated in such flights a combined 165 times, according to the State Department.
"The treaty is designed to enhance mutual understanding and confidence by giving all participants, regardless of size, a direct role in gathering information through aerial imaging on military forces and activities of concern to them," according to the State Department. "Open Skies is one of the most wide-ranging international arms control efforts to date to promote openness and transparency in military forces and activities."
Politico reported that the plane left Moscow early Wednesday, flew through Reykjavik, Iceland, and entered U.S. airspace near Chincoteague Island in Virginia.
For roughly an hour, the plane flew around the Washington, D.C., area, and also cruised into Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.