Swiss authorities will temporarily restrict airspace over the city of Geneva and deploy up to 1,000 troops to the area to help reinforce security measures for the summit of Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden next week. This is reported by the Swiss Federal Council.
On June 11, Switzerland's seven-member executive body, the Federal Council, approved the temporary measures that will include air policing and airspace surveillance by the Swiss air force during Wednesday's summit.
"As this is a high-level international summit, such a measure is necessary to ensure security during the event. Switzerland is obliged to ensure the protection of persons who enjoy special protection under international law, such as the American and Russian heads of state," the message reads.
It said commercial flights to and from Geneva's airport would not be affected by the restriction that runs from 8 a.m. Tuesday to 5 p.m. Thursday.
The extra deployment of troops will have roles in the protection of foreign emissaries and support for Geneva regional police in the air and on Lake Geneva.
The meeting of U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian leader Vladimir Putin will take place in Geneva on June 16. Relevant information was confirmed by the Kremlin and the White House.
Putin and Biden are expected to discuss bilateral relations, strategic stability, as well as topical issues of the international order, the fight against the pandemic and the settlement of regional conflicts.