SEVASTOPOL, October 5. /TASS/. Sabotage and terrorist activities by Ukrainian special services threaten the transport security of Crimea, while Ukrainian drifting mines pose a danger to ships and port infrastructure, the secretary of Russia’s Security Council, Nikolay Patrushev, said on Wednesday.
"Sabotage and terrorist activities by Ukrainian special services and international terrorist organizations pose a threat to transport infrastructure," Patrushev told a conference on Crimea’s security in Sevastopol. "Ukrainian drifting mines pose risks to ships and port infrastructure," he stressed.
He recalled that unmanned marine vehicles were spotted and destroyed near Sevastopol recently.
"Given the serious challenges and difficult situation, it is necessary to take additional measures aimed at localizing threats to transport security and the security of the population," he believes.
First of all, it is necessary to assess the vulnerability of transport infrastructure facilities and vehicles, adjust transport security plans, supply transport infrastructure with engineering and technical means of protection, and introduce inspection equipment of domestic manufacture, he said. Also, it is necessary to exclude cases of commissioning unauthorized personnel without special training to guard transport facilities.
"It is important to increase the readiness of forces and means responsible for handling emergencies and to conduct joint exercises and training for the same purpose," Patrushev added.
"Given the nature of the tasks of the Safe City hardware and software complex to ensure the adoption of prompt decisions in crisis situations, the issue of additional funding necessary for its implementation should finally be resolved. I also draw attention to the need for strengthening the protection of railway stations and lines, overpasses, bridges, ports and pipeline transport facilities and to increase control of passenger and freight traffic," Patrushev emphasized.