Fence Constructions Along Latvia-Belarus Border Near End, Latvian President Reveals

The Latvian President, Edgars Rinkēvičs, has revealed that nearly half of the fence that separates the EU country from Russia has been constructed, while the barrier with Belarus is 90 per cent done.

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President Rinkēvičs made these remarks following a visit to the eastern border of Latvia, including the border guard departments of Grebņeva and Škaune, Schengen.News reports.

He applauded the determination of state border guards but noted that there are still many other measures to be deployed at the border.

It’s just the beginning, it’s the fence, then there are the sensors, then there’s the video, you know right now a lot of countries, the countries bordering Russia, are talking about the so-called drone board, it’s just in the beginning, but actually I see the determination. 

Edgars Rinkēvičs, President of Latvia

Time & Practical Solutions Required to Improve Security Along Latvia & Russia Border

The President told that there has been progress in fence construction since last August. This fence will protect the EU’s external borders as well as improve national security.

As I said half-jokingly, the main thing is not to have a 101 controller with very smart advice after everything is done. At the moment, however, I can see that the determination is there. It must be said that the border will never be ready, because all the time new things appear, new challenges appear. 

President Rinkēvičs

Simultaneously, work is being done at six parts of the border, with six construction companies being involved in the project.

Latvia Allocated €90 Million in Funds to Build Barrier Along Belarus Border

According to the State Border Guard, General Guntis Pujāts, around €90 million have been dedicated to equipment to build the fence at the Belarusian border. He says that the state border guards have received €76 million so far.

The implementation of the projects has started, and the actual construction is planned to start in July of this year, as very significant funding has been directly allocated to the capacity of the technical system so that every violator is fixed on the Latvia-Belarus border. 

Guntis Pujāts, General State Border Guard

He also said that the guards will soon be looking at how to implement this project on the Russian border. The Latvian President gave the heads up to the border guards by saying that a stable salary increase for the employees of the internal affairs sector is under discussion.