Estonia is tightening border security amid a sharp increase in illegal migration across the Belarusian-Lithuanian border. The control on the borders with Russia and Latvia, as well as in Estonian ports is being tightened. ERR broadcasting portal reported on Sunday, July 11, citing the head of border control of the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board, Egert Belichev.
“It is calm in the southeast, near the border with Russia, but news from Lithuania, where the flow of refugees increased 20 times compared to last year, caused concern among the residents there,” Belichev said.
He added that the Estonian border department does not believe in the possibility of repeating the Lithuanian-Belarusian scenario, but noted that if migration flows change direction to the north, Estonia will find itself on the route of illegal immigrants, and therefore the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board are taking measures.
“We are building new border infrastructure on the eastern border. We want to make it difficult to get into Estonia illegally. This applies not only to the fence, but to all monitoring equipment. It gives us a complete picture of what is happening at the border. we have increased the level of readiness, the frequency of patrols and the number of patrols both on the external border of the EU and on the internal one," Belichev said.
As we reported earlier, Lithuania refused to hand over fugitive opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya to Belarus without naming the reason. It was reported by Belarusian Prosecutor General Andrei Shved.
"We issued and keep on issuing corresponding document [on the extradition of opposition activists]. So far, we see no reaction, but Tsikhanouskaya. Indeed, we have received documents, I can official confirm it, about Lithuania’s refusal to extradite her," he said.