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Lithuania to build a fence on the border with Belarus

The Lithuanian authorities are considering the construction of a fence on the border with Belarus due to the increase in the flow of illegal migration. On Thursday, June 17, Delfi reports with reference to the Minister of Internal Affairs Agne Bilotaite.

“We are discussing this issue, conducting a study of the possibility of installing a physical fence. And it will probably cost 15 million [euros], “ Bilotaite said.

The press secretary of the Interior Minister Lina Laurinaitite-Grigene said that different options for fencing are being considered: single, double, with barbed wire or alarm systems.

The length of the Lithuanian-Belarusian border is 678.8 kilometers. At the same time, according to Bilotaite, due to the natural terrain, the fence cannot be installed along the entire length.

According to border guards, this year almost 400 migrants illegally crossed the Belarusian-Lithuanian border — five times more than in the whole of 2020. They were mostly Iraqi citizens.

Earlier, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielus Landsbergis accused Belarus of using illegal migrants as a weapon for hybrid attacks on Europe. According to him, the Belarusian authorities deliver migrants from Syria and Iraq to their territory and then send them to the Lithuanian border.

At the end of May, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko threatened to weaken control over drug trafficking and illegal migration in connection with the Western reaction to the incident with the Ryanair plane. “We stopped drugs and migrants, now you will eat them and catch them yourself,” he said.

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