Russian Transportation Department Won't Introduce New Airport Security Measures

Russia's Federal Service for Transport Oversight does not plan to introduce new airport security measures, the service's Deputy Director Vladimir Chertok said at a news conference Monday.

The service has tightened existing measures, which will be enough to maintain airport security, he said.

Viktor Khrapov, acting director of the Moscow criminal police department's transport division, claimed that Russian police were ready to handle situations similar to the terrorist plot that was reportedly intended to take place on airliners flying from the U.K. to the U.S. and foiled by British police last week.

Russian police have increased the number of their staff at airports and have set up a counter-terrorism emergency operations center, Khrapov said, adding that police are also prepared to convoy aircraft if necessary.