Lithuania intends to allocate 42 million euros to strengthen the border with Belarus. This was announced in an interview with Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland by the Lithuanian Ambassador to Germany Ramunas Misiulis.
According to him, the money will be used to build border fortifications and improve the surveillance system. The Lithuanian Ambassador to Germany said that he expects support from the European Union, since this is a "common problem" with the EU.
"Asylum seekers do not really want to go to Lithuania, but to Germany or Sweden," he said.
In addition, the Warsaw-based European border guard agency Frontex plans to send 30 border guards and several vehicles to Lithuania. Neighboring Estonia will also send 10 additional officers.
The diplomat believes that the influx of illegal migrants from Belarus is considered by Lithuania to be "hybrid aggression".
On July 9, Lithuania started constructing the fence on the border with Belarus; this is done for protection against the illegal migrants.
The 30-kilometer-long fence will appear in the area of Druskininkai border unit. This is where border guards apprehended the largest number of illegal migrants from Belarus since the beginning of the year (512 people). The overall number of illegal migrants detained on the boder with Belarus during this year totaled 1,546 people.