Russian Military Spy Jet Flies Over D.C., New Jersey

A Russian military spy jet soared Wednesday over Washington, D.C., and New Jersey, where President Trump is vacationing, according to reports.

The unarmed aircraft’s route included the U.S. Capitol, past Bedminster, N.J., where Trump is staying at his golf resort, as well as Ohio, Virginia and Pennsylvania, Politico reported.

The Russian Air Force plane a Tupolev Tu-154M reportedly left Moscow early Wednesday morning before heading to Iceland and then the U.S., where it circled the D.C. area.

The flight was conducted under the Treaty on Open Skies, which came into effect in 2002, between the U.S. Russia, and other countries to conduct surveillance flights on each other’s territories.

U.S. military personnel were allowed on the plane for observation and the plane has the capability of gathering intelligence, one person familiar with the flight told CNN.

The flight marks the 10th such mission this year, according to the Nuclear Threat Initiative.

The Russians gave at least 72 hours’ notice before the flight.

The country usually provides a list of locations they want to fly over, a Pentagon official told Politico.

“We put together the flight plan and with a few exceptions — safety-wise or weather-wise they are allowed to fly over pretty much the entire territory.” the official said.

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