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Finnish Navy prepared to repel possible threats during Putin-Trump summit

July 13, 20:05 UTC+3 HELSINKI

The Navy has put on alert three ships tasked with observation of airspace and repulsion of aerial threats

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HELSINKI, July 13. /TASS/. Finland’s Navy has taken steps to repel the possible threats from the air during the summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump, who are expected to meet in Helsinki on Monday, July 16, Seura magazine said on Friday.

The Navy has put on alert three ships tasked with observation of airspace and repulsion of aerial threats. They have been fitted out with missiles and their crews have received confidential instructions on hypothetical emergency situations.

The commanding staff of Finland’s Defense Forces, the press service of the naval forces and the Helsinki police have declined to comment on the information. Officials at the Defense Forces said the operational tasks of the troops were confidential.

The magazine said along with it the Forces would take part in ensuring security at the summit alongside the police but there was no information on their functions.

From 1,000 to 2,000 police officers will be guarding law and order in the capital on the day of the summit. They will come to Helsinki from all the regional police departments of the country, up north to Lapland.

The Kremlin press service said earlier Presidents Putin and Trump would hold the meeting on July 16.

Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters the two presidents would take up a range of rater knotty issues. For instance, they would have an expansive discussion of the situation around Syria.

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