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Belarus to borrow Russian police personnel for 2nd European Games Minsk 2019

Society 18.09.2018 | 18:46
Vladimir Kolokoltsev and Igor Shunevich. Photo courtesy of the Internal Affairs Ministry
Vladimir Kolokoltsev and Igor Shunevich. Photo courtesy of the Internal Affairs Ministry

NOVOPOLOTSK, 18 September (BelTA) – Russian law enforcement officers will be employed during future major sport events in Belarus. The news was released by Belarusian Internal Affairs Minister Igor Shunevich at a press conference after the session of the joint board of the internal affairs ministries of the Union State of Belarus and Russia in Novopolotsk on 18 September, BelTA has learned.

Igor Shunevich said: “Russian colleagues from the Internal Affairs Ministry will lend their officers to us for the duration of the 2nd European Games Minsk 2019 and the ice hockey world championship. It will definitely make the measures taken to ensure public law and order more effective.” He also noted that there are plans to invite law enforcement officers from other countries, too.

Everything possible will be done with assistance of law enforcement agencies of neighboring countries, primarily Russia, to rule out complications of the situation during major international sport competitions, said Igor Shunevich.

Russian Internal Affairs Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev thanked Belarusian colleagues for assistance in the run-up to and during the actual world football championship. Vladimir Kolokoltsev said he had sent a proposal to the Belarusian Internal Affairs Ministry to award the police officers concerned for their work.

A session of the joint board of the internal affairs ministries of the Union State of Belarus and Russia took place in Novopolotsk on 18 September. Participants of the session discussed various aspects of cooperation in ensuring traffic safety and during major international sport events.

The schedule for the next year's work of the joint board was discussed as well. The next session is supposed to focus on cooperation of Belarusian and Russian law enforcement agencies in suppressing the spread of narcotic substances and psychotropic substances in the Union State of Belarus and Russia. Prospects of cooperation in search for missing persons and wanted criminals will be discussed as well.

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