Sprūds: Baltic Defense Line construction could take a decade

Construction of the Baltic Defense Line in Latvia could take the next decade, Latvian Defense Minister Andris Sprūds (Progressives) told LETA January 24.

Provisional calculations of the cost of the line have been made but are still being clarified. The government will have to decide how to align the cost of this intention with other national priorities, the minister stressed, and recalled that security is one of the “big priorities.”

“We are talking about significant sums. The plan is several years ahead, where activities are specifically divided on how we implement the plan. Overall, we are talking about the next decade of construction and strengthening,“ Sprūds noted.

The agreement of the Baltic States does not stipulate that all States will start or conclude construction of this line in full synchrony in one day.

As reported earlier, last week, the defense ministers of all three Baltic States signed an agreement to establish the Baltic Defense Line. It will significantly strengthen the countries' capabilities to protect the eastern border between the Baltic States and NATO, ensuring that the movement of a potential adversary is delayed and blocked.


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