Lithuania has started building a wall on the border with Belarus due to the growing number of migrants. In the first sections, a steel fence with a height of three to four meters has already been installed as DW reported.
Lithuania will spend 152 million euros on the construction of the 500-kilometer wall, which should be completed by September 2022. It is also planned to install barbed wire fencing and video surveillance at the border.
Due to the growing number of refugees, Poland and Latvia also want to fence their border with Belarus. Thus, the Interior Ministry in Warsaw presented plans for the construction of a steel fence on the border with Belarus. Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kamiński said that the planned 180 km fortification will consist of several lines of defense and will be equipped with modern electronic devices - in particular, motion sensors and day and night vision cameras.
The height of the main part of the wall will make 5.5 meters. Rolls of barbed wire will be reinforced at the top. According to the Interior Minister, the facility should be completed by mid-2022. The law authorizing the construction of border fortifications has already been signed by President Andrzej Duda.
Poland began construction of a temporary fence along the border with Belarus at the end of August.
The government in Warsaw and other EU countries accuse the Belarusian ruler Alexandr Lukashenko of organizing the delivery of refugees from crisis regions to the external border of the European Union. A few days ago, according to the Polish authorities, armed men in Belarusian uniform crossed the border. However, after the arrival of the Polish security forces, they returned to Belarus.