Geneva police, taking into account the experience of the USSR-US summit in 1985, requested additional assistance from neighboring cantons for the meeting of Russian and US Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, said Geneva Police Chief Colonel Monica Bonfanti.
The meeting between Putin and Biden is scheduled for June 16.
“We knew we couldn’t do it on our own, so we asked for help from the police in the neighboring cantons. We remembered the experience of the 1985 summit, when Reagan and Gorbachev met, and therefore asked for additional assistance,” she said at a press conference.
According to her, 900 police officers will be in Geneva from Monday. In addition, a military battalion will be on duty at the Geneva airport, while the rest of the military from the 1 thousand people allocated by the authorities will help guard the borders of the canton.
Bonfanti noted that each of the delegations of Russia and the United States will come in the composition of 600 to 800 people. In addition, about 300 journalists will be placed in the press center opposite the Park La Grange.
In addition, the deputy director of the Federal Police Office, Stefan Theimer, said at a briefing in Geneva that Switzerland believes that the level of the terrorist threat in the world remains high, took measures ahead of the meeting of the leaders of the Russian Federation and the United States, Vladimir Putin, and Joe Biden.
“It is necessary to take into account that the threat of terrorism remains high in Switzerland and other countries. This was taken into account. Also, the diasporas of both countries can take advantage of the moment to make certain demarches. Therefore, the threat level during the summit remains high,” he said.