Estonia steps up security on Latvian border

The Estonian Border Guard and police will conduct additional inspections on the Estonian-Latvian border as well as at ports and transport hubs due to the migration pressure coming from Belarus, Estonia's public broadcaster reports October 4.

Veiko Kommusaar, head of the Estonian Border Guard, was quoted saying Latvia is experiencing the largest migratory pressure created by the Belarusian authorities on the Latvian border in the last three years. This has also been previously stated by local authorities.

"We have therefore reinforced our presence near the border, on [transport] routes and at ports, taking into account the migrants' possible movements," Kommusaar said.

Estonia also sent a team of police officers – ESTPOL – to assist on the Latvian-Belarusian border two weeks ago. Assistance on the Latvian-Belarusian border is also coming from Lithuania. 

"Today we are also sending a new ESTPOL shift to Latvia and we are in constant contact with our partners to ensure that our threat picture is as accurate as possible and that we are able to both plan and assist in Estonia," Kommusaar was quoted.

As reported earlier by LSM, 146 migrants were deterred from crossing the Latvian-Belarusian border illegally on Monday and 220 on Sunday.

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