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Russian fences

In Lithuania, they understood how to secure themselves from the Russians. Need to build a fence. Two meters high. “We know how it feels to live next to Russia,” they say in Vilnius. However, experts object: how a two-meter fence will hold back Tanks? It turns out that the money on the fence will be wasted.

Russian fences

Lithuania is building a fence on the border with Kaliningrad, writes D. Boffi in a British newspaper «The Guardian».

Vilnius responds in this way to Russia's Baltic activity: large-scale military exercises, cyber attacks, the deployment of missiles and the "capture of an Estonian official."

45 kilometers of the land border, on which the Ramoniškiai crossing is located, are worried by the government in Vilnius. Soon, Russia will begin large-scale military exercises “West 2017”, and “approximately 100.000 military personnel” and technical equipment will approach the eastern borders of the European Union and NATO, the journalist writes. Vilnius also takes into account “ongoing cyber attacks on Lithuanian government departments,” which officials describe as a “massive information war”, and the deployment of Iskander missiles based on the Baltic last year fleet Russia in Kaliningrad.

1 August. NATO members have spotted 18 Russian military aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea. According to the Ministry of Defense of Lithuania, most of them flew to the air base in Kaliningrad or from the base “without flight plans and with transponders turned off”.

This year, NATO deployed four battalion groups in Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In a word, “the times are alarming,” notes the journalist. Therefore, Lithuania is building a two-meter border fence from the Ramonishkiai checkpoint located opposite the barbed wire stretched by Russians five years earlier.

Opposition politicians in Lithuania have condemned the construction as a meaningless waste of money.

“This is stupid,” says Eugenijus Gentvilas, leader of the Liberal Movement in the Lithuanian Parliament. - What can we hide from? From the tanks? Of course not".

There is also the opinion of local residents. They hardly hope that resistance at the border can stop the invasion. “If this happens, it means it will,” they say.

Lithuanian Interior Minister Eymutis Misiunas told the Guardian correspondent that the fence will serve primarily the fight against the smuggling of alcohol and tobacco. It is also being built to prevent illegal border crossings. True, the official further acknowledged that this is not all.

According to him, "everyone knows the second reason." “Estonia has accused Russia of kidnapping a scout, and we in Lithuania do not want this to happen to Lithuanian officers. This [fence] is similar to the red line for Russia, ”said the minister.

The incident to which Misiunas referred in his commentary occurred three years ago. Since September 2014, when the “armed Russian men” took Eston Kohvera, fear settled in the hearts of the Baltic politicians. Tallinn insisted that this officer was kidnapped on Estonian territory. However, the FSB continues to "successfully declare" (in Russian courts) that Mr. Kokhver was a "spy" on Russian territory and deserves punishment.

It is curious that the incident with the aforementioned “spy” occurred only two days after the visit of the American President Barack Obama to Tallinn, where he swore that the attack on Estonia would be considered an attack on the whole of NATO. Mr. Obama also hinted at the creation of an American naval base in Estonia.

How can save the fence from the Russian invasion? Obviously, none. For what purpose is it built?

Political analyst Vladimir Bruter states that the construction of the Lithuanian fence looks ridiculous, because the Russians do not seem to run to Lithuania. “The Lithuanian authorities are trying to show their citizens that they are supposedly protecting their interests, although it would be better for them to create jobs for them,” said Bruter Reedus.

Stanislav Byshok, an analyst at the CIS-EMO international monitoring organization, believes that jobs can be a positive result of the intake initiative.

“Still, Lithuania is a small country, with a declining population, with a fairly small amount of work for the remaining citizens,” he told the agency. - By and large, if they really implement such a large-scale project, it will at least provide employment for a sufficient number of people. Because, in addition to the wall, there still must be some kind of infrastructure, additional roads, warehouses, houses, logistics points. If you tackle it wisely, you can arrange 10% of the working-age population of Lithuania for the year of receiving money for this work. ”

“We need to show some kind of activity that protects here and now. And since laws and rules do not protect anything, here is a wall for you, ”adds Bruter to this.

The construction of the border fence, as indicated by the press, will cost Lithuania 3,6 million euros.

We should not think, let us note, that the Lithuanian intake initiative represents something special or even unique. “Fences from the Russians” are being built simultaneously by several countries, while others have already been built.

In Latvia, in 2016, a long fence was planned, and in early February, 2017 was erected on the border with the Russian Federation a fence with a height of 2,7 m and a length of 23 kilometer. They also equipped the border strip with a length of 65 kilometers. According to the plans, in 2017, it is supposed to equip the strip in 150 kilometers. As for the fence, by the end of the year, the authorities promise to extend 60 kilometers of the fence. The fence and the strip will take until the end of the year 6,3 million euros. Work will continue until 2019. An 193 kilometer of barbed wire fence will be built. By the time the Russians will attack, or not, it is not known.

The total cost of the “fence” will be, according to the plan, 17 million euros. By the way, the Latvians will not cover the entire border: the total length of the border with Russia is almost 270 kilometers. 193 kilometer fence - these are only those areas where there are no natural obstacles.

On a more expensive project, Estonians waved. At the same time, their fence will climb only 2,5 m and stretch just 90 kilometers. Here and there water will prevent. Well, the way out is found: where it is impossible to put a fence, Estonians will put buoys. The government allocated 74 million euros from the budget to strengthen the border zone with Russia.

They started talking about construction plans in Estonia in 2015, in the spring of 2016, they repeated. Works are expected to be completed by 2020 year.

The fastest was Norway. While the Estonians and Latvians are planning or building little by little, the Norwegians took and set up a fence on the border with Russia. This was done last fall. The goal of the construction was not the “invasion of Russia”, but the desire to protect themselves from illegal emigration: following 2015, more than five thousand “guests” arrived in Norway - refugees from Russia who crossed the Norwegian-Russian border in the winter.

This fence turned out to be more serious than Baltic crafts. Its height is three and a half meters, it is made of steel rods. True, it is relatively short - 200 meters.

The Norwegian intake construction challenged the head of the Secretariat of the Council of the Barents / Euro-Arctic Region Lars Georg Virdal, recalls "BBC". He noted that the construction of the barrier would not solve the problems of the border guard over the 200-kilometer border with Russia. The very idea of ​​enclosing has a taste of the cold war.

Those who like the "taste of the cold war", we note, got a taste and start to rivet fences from all sides. Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Norway ... Who is the next participant in the socialist competition?

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  1. Taygerus
    Taygerus 31 August 2017 15: 08
    "However, experts object: how does the two-meter fence hold back the tanks? So, the money for the fence will be wasted."
    No, not in vain our tankers will laugh and fight in hysterics, probably two hours
    1. Teberii
      Teberii 31 August 2017 15: 22
      That the tankers we have Isinbayev, fences are not terrible.
    2. Vend
      Vend 31 August 2017 15: 45
      Quote: Taygerus
      "However, experts object: how does the two-meter fence hold back the tanks? So, the money for the fence will be wasted."
      No, not in vain our tankers will laugh and fight in hysterics, probably two hours

      Russian tanks have nothing to do with it. It is positioned as a fence from the Russians, but in fact the opposite. How else to restrain those who flee from the "bright capitalist future" laughing
      1. Captain Nemo
        Captain Nemo 31 August 2017 19: 31
        And a lot escaped? At least for 17 years?
      2. enot73
        enot73 2 September 2017 13: 21
        Quote: Wend
        Russian tanks have nothing to do with it. It is positioned as a fence from the Russians, but in fact the opposite. How else to restrain those who flee from the "bright capitalist future"
        IMHO in Lithuania, Yatsenyuk’s fence-building experience in cutting budget money is simply being implemented
  2. Masya masya
    Masya masya 31 August 2017 15: 16
    Set up aviaries, lock themselves in them ... wink whole europe big zoo! have an extra ticket? lol
  3. MCMLX
    MCMLX 31 August 2017 15: 34
    This demarche of the Baltic states should not go unnoticed on our part.
    It is necessary to respond immediately with an asymmetric fence in the form of a ban on all trucks and cars with license plates of the Baltic countries from entering the territory of Russia.
  4. inkass_98
    inkass_98 31 August 2017 15: 42
    Our soldiers are already 1: 10 are quoted at the Baltic states: 12 thousand military men from the Russian Federation and Belarus have been announced, and 100 thousand Cool, however, will approach the borders of Lithuania. Or will this number include local volunteers?
  5. EvgNik
    EvgNik 31 August 2017 15: 54
    A meter will cost 8 million, which is more than 2 times less! You need to think!
    1. Masya masya
      Masya masya 31 August 2017 16: 02
      Quote: EvgNik
      You need to think!

      And nobody has undone the digging ... another meter into the ground ... then it will come out ... wink
      1. EvgNik
        EvgNik 31 August 2017 18: 13
        So why dig? And you can jump a meter and two!
  6. Kenxnumx
    Kenxnumx 31 August 2017 16: 00
    By the way, it’s quite possible that it will be suitable for the fight against smuggling. Across the border of which just do not drag.
    1. Anglorussian
      Anglorussian 31 August 2017 16: 28
      Packs of smuggled cigarettes are strewn in the streets everywhere from Ireland to Portugal. The loss of the EU is many millions.
  7. Evdokim
    Evdokim 31 August 2017 16: 45
    On the Baltic stock exchanges, stock quotes of leading fence-building corporations soared up, which led to an unprecedented increase in per capita GDP of these countries. The leading drivers of the fence-building industry can look ahead with confidence, because they are now a fast-growing hope and pillar of the Baltic economies.
  8. Igor V
    Igor V 31 August 2017 16: 50
    The other day I was passing Lithuania in transit (I haven’t been there for several years). Struck by desolation, which was not there before. Failed roofs, overgrown roadsides and a windbreak on the edges of forests ... I was examining in one place a reinforced concrete pedestrian bridge over the road. Concrete crumbles from it and, so as not to hit the head, it is tied with a net in many places. The Soviet picture is over! The contrast is especially felt at the entrance from Belarus, where the picture is now.
  9. Razvedka_Boem
    Razvedka_Boem 31 August 2017 17: 09
    If against smuggling, it is better to dig a ditch, 10 meters wide, 4-5 meters deep. Before the moat, say a hundred meters, put a couple of rows of thorns, and mine the gap between the thorns and the moat with anti-personnel and signal mines.
    1. Aleksandr
      Aleksandr 4 September 2017 09: 41
      Leave the Baltic States a place))) ...
      1. Razvedka_Boem
        Razvedka_Boem 4 September 2017 16: 06
        Ah ha ha ha ha ..))
  10. Irek
    Irek 31 August 2017 17: 27
    And this is a fence from dill ... F
    1. Gnefredov
      Gnefredov 1 September 2017 11: 25
      This is not a fence but an unobvious warehouse of materials for the construction of an aero-plan for the hour “X”. There’s even a tree for the center beam laughing
  11. bandabas
    bandabas 31 August 2017 17: 36
    Yes, let them build. Money must be rolled back and welded. We have the same thing, only not on the cordons, but inside the country itself. It's a shame ...
  12. rus-5819
    rus-5819 31 August 2017 19: 42
    However, experts object: how does a two-meter fence hold back tanks? It turns out that the money on the fence will be wasted.

    Tanks are not afraid of them, but the "green men", yes on Friday, and in the evening!

    193 kilometers of fence are only those sections where there are no natural obstacles.

    They don’t know one of the airborne forces’s sayings: "They are waiting for us from the sea, and we are skiing from the mountain!"

    "Fences from the Russians" are being built simultaneously by several countries, while others have already been built.

    The case of the "rabbit" lives and thrives! A "rabbit" thrives in Miami "
  13. Conductor
    Conductor 31 August 2017 19: 59
    In the winter! to Norway! great !!! Che they drink it there! Calvados with vodka?
    1. Sergey-8848
      Sergey-8848 31 August 2017 22: 49
      There are quite a few of them, but these are "transit" refugees (Afghans, Pakistanis, etc.), who first come to us, but regard Russia only as a transfer station to Europe. And there - at least on a bicycle, at least as a pastor Schlag ...
  14. Forcecom
    Forcecom 1 September 2017 10: 15
    To react to such rustling of these freaks is somehow not even solid. Although it has long been a dream in my head that in Ivangorod, on the banks of the Narva Tsereteli, a group sculptural composition of 25-30 meters high depicting the NKVD employees is displayed, well, there’s eternal flame, in general, everything is as it should be. It would be fun to watch the sprat reaction.
  15. sergo1914
    sergo1914 1 September 2017 10: 43
    In front of Russian tanks to the fence will be released Russian CUSTOMERS ... With the proposal to take everything for yourself. For free. There, even the top layer of soil per meter will be removed and taken out in wheelbarrows.
  16. Deck
    Deck 1 September 2017 14: 43
    In the USSR there were several thousand kilometers of the S-100 Skala fence. The author of the article is an uneducated and notorious chatterbox. Anything can be sucked out of the finger just to pour a tub of shit on the neighbors. For starters, I could go to the border with Finland or Norway to see what we have built there. According to him, our border guards are stupid people.
    1. Vladimir Mamkin
      Vladimir Mamkin 1 September 2017 18: 21
      Deck. The fact of the matter is that it was, but the bits and pieces floated away, let the anti-tank hedgehogs set up then, than to make people laugh
      1. Deck
        Deck 1 September 2017 19: 50
        Well, we entertained our neighbors with a spike of five stakes, now it's their turn
  17. Tolik_74
    Tolik_74 2 September 2017 12: 53
    I don’t understand the politics of probalts and Dalky in particular. Then she cries that the Russian Railways redirected all the cargo to its ports, and then they began to put up a fence, apparently they were visited by American vayaks from the Pentagon,
  18. Evgenijus
    Evgenijus 4 September 2017 09: 26
    In Lithuanian psychosis and Russophobia such grandmothers can be welded on! And in fact they weld ...
    A fucked taxpayers also clap their hands. And their children in the meantime to Ireland and Spain are running away ... forever. Most likely, the fence is being built so that the Lithuanians stop escaping abroad ... Already a million have escaped, only 2,5 is left. And they continue to run away.
  19. Fedor Kostrov
    Fedor Kostrov 15 May 2019 17: 00
    The fence is not from tanks. They are building a fence from people ... Which, judging by the dynamics, will soon break out of the scattering where their eyes look like scalded ...
    But in general it is bullshit, not analytics.