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Defence written question – answered on 2nd September 2013.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many flights over the UK have been conducted under the Open Skies treaty, by nation conducting each flight, since 2002.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Since 2002 a total of 40 missions have taken place over the UK. There were 24 quota missions conducted by: Russia—20; Ukraine—three; and Sweden—one. There were 16 training flights conducted by: Benelux (joint with Estonia); Estonia (joint with Benelux); Georgia—three (one joint with Sweden); Sweden—three (one joint with Georgia); USA—three; Latvia; Lithuania; Romania; Slovenia; and Yugoslavia.

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