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Russian law enforcers take control of Kerch Strait waters and airspace

April 10, 2018, 11:24 UTC+3

During the construction of the Kerch Strait bridge, the law enforcement agencies have been monitoring local waters and airspace

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MOSCOW, April 10. /TASS/. Russia’s law enforcement agencies have taken control of the Kerch Strait waters and airspace and are ready to thwart terrorist assaults on the part of Ukrainian intelligence services and radical nationalists, Federal Security Service (FSB) Director Alexander Bortnkov said at a meeting of the National Anti-Terrorism Committee on Tuesday.

According to him, during the construction of the Kerch Strait Bridge, law enforcement agencies have been monitoring local waters and airspace.

"They are ready to use their manpower and equipment to carry out coordinated activities in case Ukrainian intelligence services, nationalist organizations or supporters of radical ideas - who are determined to conduct acts of sabotage on the Crimean Peninsula - attempt terrorist assaults on facilities under construction," said Bortnikov, who is also the National Anti-Terrorism Committee’s chairman.

The FSB chief pointed to the need to ensure transport security since the bridge was expected to be open to traffic soon. "Laws concerning the security of transport infrastructure facilities need to be improved in order to create conditions for preventing attempts to trespass into the waters surrounding these facilities," Bortnikov said.

He added that ensuring the anti-terrorism safety of transport infrastructure facilities, including the Kerch Strait Bridge, and developing the system of training officials responsible for the prevention of terrorist activities was among the FSB’s top priorities.

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