July 17, 2008

Pulkovo Airport Security Staff Rightfully Made Swiss Govt Member Pass Security Check – Russian Prosecutors

ST. PETERSBURG. July 17 (Interfax) - The North-Western transport prosecutor's office has concluded that the officers from the Pulkovo Airport security service acted strictly in line with the law when they made chief of the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs Doris Leuthard and members of her delegation undergo a security check.

"Our inspection has not uncovered any violations of the law in the actions of the Pulkovo Airport security officials," the prosecutor's office said in a statement on Thursday.

By demanding that Leuthard undergo a security check before flying home from St. Petersburg last weekend, the airport security officials complied with Article 85 of the Russian Air Code, the federal civil aviation security system provisions, and the rules of preflight and post-flight checks.

Upon returning home from St. Petersburg last weekend, Leuthard told local press that she and members of her delegation had been searched and forced to take off their shoes at Pulkovo Airport.

The Swiss consul general in St. Petersburg forwarded a protest note to the local office of the Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday. At the same time, the Swiss embassy believes the incident is settled and should not be given much attention.

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