Lithuania will fence itself off from Belarus with kilometers of barbed wire. Vilnius confirmed the decision to build a fence along the entire length of the border that can stop the entry of illegal migrants.
As stated in the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Lithuania, to date, only 46 km of barriers have been installed, while about 680 need to be blocked. Lithuanian border guards plan to purchase 300 km of barbed wire in order to close the most problematic sections of the border in the near future.
The ministry noted that Ukraine, Estonia and Slovenia rendered great assistance to Lithuania in the fight against illegal migrants, donating 250 km of barbed wire to Lithuanian border guards, more than 300 km were purchased, but this is not enough for the construction of a double barrier on the border with Belarus. According to the plans of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Lithuania, at the border there should be a 4-meter fence made of a metal rod mesh with barbed wire stretched over it, and behind it - an additional barbed wire fence with a height of three meters.
To cover the most problematic sections of the border, 300 kilometers of barbed wire will have to be purchased. We currently have 556 kilometers of concertina, of which 306 kilometers were purchased, 250 kilometers were donated (...)
- stated in the message of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Lithuania
The cost of this project is 152 million euros. At the same time, it is emphasized that all funds will be taken from the country's budget, since the European Union refused to pay for this work.
Let's remind that Lithuania accuses Belarus of opening its border for illegal migrants seeking to the European Union. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the republic, their number, compared to 2020, has increased 10 times.