Latvia to build a fence on border with Belarus

Latvia is planning on building a fence on the border with Belarus to help combat illegal border crosses, State Border Guard Chief Normunds Garbars told LETA on November 12.

He said that next year's budget has funds set aside to begin creating a border zone on the Latvia-Belarus border.

He said that work could begin in the second half of the year, and that a high fence will be constructed on certain stretches of the border with Belarus.

Even though it was initially believed that after the border area with Russia is straightened out that illegal migration routes will be diverted to the Latvia-Belarus border, this is not the situation at the moment.

Garber said that one of the reason for this is the fact that the effectiveness of the Belarus border protection system is at a different level than Russia's.

As reported, Latvia has a 270 kilometers long border with Russia and is set to strengthen the border, including by building a high fence along certain stretches of the border.

The first several kilometer stretch of a 2.7-meter-high fence topped with barbed wire was built in spring this year as one of the measures intended to keep illegal entrants out of the country. 

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