Army could be involved in building Latvia-Belarus border

The construction of the fence on the border with Belarus is hampered by builders' capacity, so the possibility of involving the National Armed Forces (NBS) is also under consideration, said Interior Minister Māris Kučinskis (United List) in an interview on the “Morning Panorama” broadcast of Latvian Television August 22.

According to Kučinskis, a number of scenarios have been developed for possible provocation at the border with Belarus. Four levels of border protection are foreseen. 

Although Latvia's border with Belarus is considered to be the weaker stage compared to Lithuania, the Minister pointed to substantial support from the armed forces and greater emphasis on human resources in observing the border. “I'm absolutely sure we're coping,” the politician added.

On the other hand, bureaucratic barriers have been removed in the construction of the fence on the border, and the only thing that prevents it is capacity. To promote this, however, the builder is attracting more subcontracting. And the possibility for the National Armed Forces to come to help with construction is under consideration, Kučinskis said.

The installation of surveillance cameras is also being worked on. “On Thursday, I will have serious talks about whether it really takes two years to implement,” the minister said.

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