Law enforcement, rescue workers tighten security in Vladivostok ahead of APEC summit

Additional transport security measures will be put in place during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vladivostok, and particular focus will be on countering man-made and natural disasters.

"During the summit transport police officers will be deployed to Vladivostok Airport, at the first and second berths of the port of Vladivostok, and at railway and sea stations," head of the Public Order Maintenance Directorate of the Interior Ministry's Main Directorate for Transport Alexander Vostrikov said at a roundtable in Moscow on Thursday.

Particular focus will be on airport security, Vostrikov said. The old and new terminals will be used during the summit, he said. The airport buildings will be fitted with modern security systems, including video surveillance, metal detectors, gas analyzers and bomb detectors, he added.

Apart from transport police, transport security will also be provided by the Internal Troops and the extra-departmental security guard unit, as well as police dogs. Also, a riot police reserve will be patrolling the square near the train station.

Metal detectors and passenger scanners have been installed at all station entrances and exits. Sea waters will be patrolled by three motor boats, including the patrol boat "Mangust" fitted with the latest monitoring equipment, and a dive boat that will patrol the Golden Horn Bay. "Transport police officers will take all measures to ensure infrastructure security," Vostrikov said.

During preparations for the summit the Emergency Situations Ministry paid particular attention to developing a system of monitoring warning signs of man-made and natural disasters, said Alexander Taranov, Deputy Director at the Emergency Situations Ministry Civil Defense Department.

Rescuers have checked the readiness of the emergency warning system and held events that will allow them to minimize their effects, Taranov said.

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