Lithuania-Russian Border Fence
On 05 June 2017 Lithuania began securing its border to Russia's Kaliningrad Oblast with a two-meter-high fence, hoping to better protect the country against smugglers - and perhaps against Russians smuggling of Little Green Men. The 12,000 posts over 45 km cost €1.335 million. “Until the end of the year, this barrier will be erected on the Lithuanian side, at a stretch with the length of 44.6 kilometers”, the Security Service of Lithuania’s State Border said. The length of the Lithuanian-Russian border amounts to 294.4 km, of which of 253.7 km pass along the land and inland waters.
The new protective fence would be built on the basis of a contract concluded between the Security Service of Lithuania’s State Border and Vilkaviskis company Gintreja in the area, where the state border passes by land. All provided in the contract activities for the infrastructure equipment of the new fencing are scheduled to be completed by 20 December 2017.
Lithuania made a decision to build on the land border with the Kaliningrad region a two-meter wire fence with additional electronic control. “The fencing will appear at the site of a convergence of borders of Lithuania, Poland and Russia near Vistytis Lake and will go through the territory of Shakaisky and Vilkavishki regions up to the Neman”, - the Border Protection Service said. The Agency believes that as a result of the construction, the protection of Lithuania’s state border and external borders of the EU will be improved.
The EU has no intention to finance the construction of the fence which Lithuania is going to erect on the boundary with the Kaliningrad region (Russia). EU representative on migration and interior affairs, Tove Ernst, declared it and explained that the EU does not support such things.
As far as the borderline between Lithuania and the Kaliningrad region is concerned, Ernst said at the briefing on 17.01.2017, it is the outer boundary of the Schengen zone, and Lithuania is responsible for its improvement and financing. According to Ernst, the EU supports border management and equipment, but not the construction of fences.
Earlier, Lithuanian media reported that €3.6 m are provided in the republic’s state budget for the construction of a protective fence along the boundary between Lithuania and the Kaliningrad region, to provide, according to Lithuanian Prime-Minister, Saulius Skvernelis, for the economic security of Lithuania.
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