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Estonia / Russia Border Fence

Estonian authorities announced their plans to build a 2.5-meter-high metal mesh fence reinforced with barbed wire between Estonia and Russia. The Russian Foreign Ministry said at the time that it considered the initiative politically motivated. The Estonian project is to see a 2.5-meter barbed wire fence on parts of its 136-km land boundary with Russia.

Russias kidnapping of an Estonian security officer has, in part, prompted Estonia and Latvia to build fences on the Russia border. Russian intelligence services kidnapped Eston Kohver, an Estonian security officer, from Estonian territory in August 2014. A Russian court, last week, jailed him for 15 years on espionage charges despite EU complaints.

The interior ministry told EUobserver it'll be very limited in comparison with the total length of the border. But it told the AFP news agency it will span most of it, except some wetlands. The ministry also said it's putting buoys in lakes and rivers to stop boats.

The two Baltic States are clearing 10-metre to 12-metre strips of land on their side from forest and other obstacles to help border guards get around. Theyre also upgrading technology. The Estonian ministry said there'll be beyond state-of-the-art UAVs, sensors, radars, and cameras. Latvia is replacing old kit with up-to-date models.

Estonian media say its spending 71 million. Latvia's spending 20 million. Both projects started in mid-2015 and are to be completed in 2018.

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