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Latvia's border reinforcement will not bother locals: National Guard

The plan to strengthen the Latvian eastern border involves creating various barriers to stop the potential enemy at the border and prevent it from moving further. National Guard commander Kaspars Pudāns told Latvian Television on March 11 that road digging and anti-tank mines would not disrupt local residents or businesses.

As reported by LSM, last week, the Eastern border's military strengthening and anti-mobility plan with creating barriers, warehouses and generally strengthening defensive positions to prevent an adversary from moving began. 

“Far more effectively we can disturb, stop, divert an adversary from the very border. In fact, perhaps by acting on the adversary in their territory. Stopping the first forces already on the border itself,“ Pudāns said.

This will require the creation of anti-tank ditches, the plan also mentions digging up roads and deploying anti-tank mines.

The Mayor of Daugavpils Andrejs Elksniņš has commented on the plans with reluctance:  “But now those new investors will have to hear that, sorry, next to your new production buildings, literally 30 kilometers from them, there will be protective structures and minefields deployed.”

Elksniņš forms a message that this is not investing in Latgale's economy, but draining it. The villain in it is the state, the sufferers – the population, and the hero – the politician himself.

“What is happening right now – simply, formally, the giving away of Latgale, because without money for infrastructure, a real contribution to the economy, statements of this kind indicate and are aimed only at further accelerating the departure of people from Latgale,” Elksniņš said.

“Give away Latgale” is a phrase used mainly in Russian, speculating on distorted historical facts about the region's affiliation with the east. Saeima deputy Eduards Smiltēns (United List) has asked the State Security Service to assess what Elksniņš has said.

Elksniņš has refused to comment on why he chose to convey a message beneficial to the aggressor country Russia to his social media followers.

Lieutenant General Leonīds Kalniņš of the National Armed Forces plans to visit Daugavpils this week to survey the infrastructure to see where mandatory defense service could be served.

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