MOSCOW, September 3 (RIA Novosti) - A UK security consultant has confirmed that the upcoming NATO summit in Wales is expected to be one of the largest security operations to ever held in the country, ITV reported on Wednesday.
“It's a massive operation given that two years ago in Chicago, (at) a NATO conference there, we witnessed major public disorder and there's very likely to be public disorder here in Wales. We are a democratic country and we allow peaceful protests. Whether they will be peaceful or not is a matter to wait for,” security consultant, Ken Wharfe, told ITV.
Preparations began months ago, calling on some 9,500 police officers from 43 different regional forces to monitor the summit in addition to the military, sniffer dogs, and horses, according to ITV.
Other security measures include some 12 miles of nine foot high fencing around the Celtic Manor Resort and other areas in Cardiff hosting the event. A predicted 20,000 anti-NATO protesters are expected in Newport during the summit sparking fears that the upcoming meeting will mirror Chicago’s violent rally of some 3,000 anti-NATO protestors during the 2012 alliance meeting.
The overall cost of policing the event will be announced at the end of the summit.
The NATO Summit taking place in Wales on September 4 and 5 is expecting leaders and senior ministers from over 60 countries to attend including US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande. Russia has no plans to participate in any activities during the summit, according to the country’s Permanent Mission to NATO.