In Lithuania, the construction of a fence on the border with Belarus with a length of about 502 km has been completed. Its construction began in the summer of 2021 to protect against illegal migration
Lithuania has completed the construction of a wall on the border with Belarus. This was reported by the company — project implementer EPSO-G in conversation with BNS.
“This weekend, a team of contractors formed by EPSO-G installed the last planned fencing segments on the border with Belarus”,— said Antanas Bubnelis, the company's communications manager (quote from LRT).
The fence and barbed wire have been installed over a total length of about 502km.
Now maintenance specialists are fixing minor defects in the erected wall. Roads and construction sites are also being restored, project documentation is being brought into line.
Prime Minister of Lithuania Ingrida Simonyte said that a special commission confirmed the completion of construction, only work with organizational documents remained. Although the wall almost completely closes the border with Belarus (its total length is 679 km, of which more than 100 km of the border runs along the banks of rivers and lakes), Simonyte admitted that the barrier is not “something that can completely protect the state from illegal migration”; .
Simonite announced her intention to build a wall on the border last summer, the reason was the influx of refugees from the Middle East from Belarus. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said earlier that in response to European sanctions due to the forced landing of a Ryanair plane in Minsk, his country would no longer help the EU in the fight against illegal migration. After that, the number of citizens of the countries of the Middle East, who sought to enter the EU through Belarusian territory, has increased dramatically. The situation on the border of Belarus with the EU escalated in November. After several days of clashes and subsequent negotiations between Lukashenko and Angela Merkel, who was then Chancellor of Germany, the migrants left the border camps.
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Latvia and Poland also decided to fence themselves off from Belarus. Warsaw at the end of June announced that it had completed the construction of a wall 5m high and 186km long— a little less than half of the length of the Polish-Belarusian border.
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