MOSCOW, September 3 (RIA Novosti) - According to NATO Wales Police’s official Twitter page, a no fly zone was created at 9 a.m. on Wednesday in anticipation of the upcoming NATO summit, ITV reported.
“The @natowales no fly zone begins at 9am today. Test exercises are also underway today,” the Twitter account stated.
The UK has stepped up security precautions leading up to the alliance meeting on September 4 and 5. The 50 million GBP security operation includes 9,500 police officers covering the event in addition to 12 miles of nine foot high fencing surrounding the Celtic Manor Resort and other areas of Cardiff. Armed personnel as well as military, sniffer dogs, and horses will be present at the upcoming summit.
Security measures are high due to the influx of world leaders and senior ministers from some 60 countries, in addition to concerns over a repeat of Chicago’s violent anti-NATO demonstrators in 2012.
The NATO summit expects 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.