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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Developer Promises No 9/11 Attacks

MTBuilders working on the Federation Tower in the Moskva-City business district on Tuesday afternoon. When the tower is completed in 2007, a 420-meter-tall spire will make it the tallest building in Europe.
The developer for a Moscow skyscraper billed as Europe's tallest vowed Wednesday that state-of-the-art construction and design methods would make it safe from plane terror attacks similar to those that destroyed the World Trade Center in New York.

The futuristic, glass-clad Federation Tower will house offices, a hotel and luxury apartments along the Moscow River. Its twin, sail-like towers -- the tallest of which will be 340 meters -- are attached to a central 430-meter stiletto-like spire.

In western Europe, the tallest building is Frankfurt's 260-meter Commerzbank tower.

"The pillars would cut through the plane, and that is all," Sergei Polonsky, president of Mirax Group said during a media tour, describing the building's resilience to a Sept. 11-style terror attack.

Federation Tower will form the focal point of the sprawling Moskva-City development, designed as Moscow's answer to Wall Street or London.

Mirax is not saying how much of the building's office space is taken, but Polonsky was confident that as the city's biggest building, it would not need to advertise. "It's like honey," he said. "If it's there, the bees come by themselves."