Flow of refugees from Russia has not grown, says minister

There is no indication that the flow of refugees from Russia towards Latvia would have intensified following the Wagner rebellion, Interior Minister Māris Kučinskis said in an interview on the “Morning Panorama” program of Latvian Television on June 26.

Changes at the Latvian-Russian border have not been detected either on the day of the rebellion or at the moment. On the evening of Sunday, June 25, around 50 cars and some pedestrians were on the Latvian-Russian border.

The Minister also stressed that the enhanced border guarding regime remains in force on the border between Latvia and Belarus. On the question under which conditions additional troops from the National Guard should be sent to the border, Kučinskis stated: “A higher number is needed when the number of refugees is nearing 100. Up to 100 we can manage."

Asked to assess the possible move by the head of the Russian mercenary group, Prigozhin, to Belarus, Kučinskis said that no hasty conclusions should be made at the moment, as everyone is watching the situation in Russia.

"Belarus has forced us to be vigilant. The involvement of border guards is sufficient. We are alert,” Kučinskis said.

He also announced that most of the fence on the border with Belarus had been constructed but would be completed next year. Video cameras will start to be installed near the border soon.

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