The Kremlin-controlled Crimean government intends to strengthen the defense of the “border” between the annexed peninsula and mainland Ukraine, as stated by Russian Deputy Prime Minister of Crimea Igor Mikhailichenko, Krym.Realii reports.
“One of the priorities for Crimea is the creation of defensive structures on the border strip. These measures will make it possible to strengthen the defense on the Russian-Ukrainian portion of the border. Another important matter is the arrangement of the motor vehicle areas adjacent to the entry point,” Russian Crimean government’s press service cites Mikhailichenko as saying at a session of the Crimean border commission.
At the session a decision was made to “expand the throughput capacity of the points at the administrative border and also to improve their security and defense for the purpose of the smooth functioning of the mentioned entry points” during the holiday season.
Meanwhile, the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine has noted a decrease in passenger transit through the administrative border compared to last year. The State Border Guard Service connects the emergence of queues at the border to the actions of the Russian services at the entry points controlled by them opposite the Ukrainian entry points. According to the Ukrainian border guards, the Russian services slowed down the throughput operations in July.
The Russian FSB’s border control in turn accuses the Ukrainian services of creating the queues on the administrative border with the Crimea.