The Swiss government introduces a partial restriction on the use of the country’s airspace in connection with the planned summit of the presidents of Russia and the United States. Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden will meet in Geneva on Wednesday, June 16.
Flights will be limited over the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The restrictions will operate from 8:00 (9:00 Moscow time) on June 15 to 17:00 (18:00 Moscow time) on June 17, according to a press release on the website of the Federal Council (government) of Switzerland. Restrictions will not affect commercial flights to and from Geneva International Airport. Compliance with the restrictions will be monitored by the Swiss Air Force.
The Swiss government explained that such measures are “necessary to ensure security” during the summit. “Switzerland is obliged to ensure the protection of persons enjoying special protection in accordance with international law – such as the heads of the American and Russian states,” – specified in the press release.
Up to 1,000 additional servicemen will also be sent to Geneva. They, in particular, will protect representatives of foreign countries in the capital of Switzerland.
The meeting of the presidents of Russia and the United States will take place at the Villa La Grange. Vladimir Putin expressed hope that the summit will be held in a positive manner, but he does not expect any breakthroughs in relations with Washington. The US White House said that the US president would conduct a dialogue “straightforward”, but would like to build more stable relations with Russia.
Read about the preparations for the summit in the publication of Kommersant, “Villas on the Water are Written.”