The work on strengthening the section of the border between Estonia and the Russian Federation in the region of the river near Narva with wire fences has been completed. This was announced on Tuesday, November 23rd, by the Estonian national broadcaster ERR on its website.
According to her, the work was carried out by soldiers of the Armed Forces, members of the volunteer defense union “Defense League”, as well as the Police and Border Guard Board (DPP) of Estonia – a total of more than 80 people.
“The events in Poland, Lithuania and Latvia require strengthening of the border infrastructure in Estonia, so the DPP presented the government with a proposal to accelerate the construction of the border,” said the general director of the department Elmar Vaher earlier.
Wire fences – temporary solution
Strengthening of the border will continue in other sections of the southeast direction until November 24. In total, we are talking about about 10 zones. Thus, triple barbed wire barriers were planned to be installed along 40 km of the eastern border.
The installation of wire fences to ensure border security is a temporary solution, Vaher said. “We will continue to build” a permanent line of fortifications along “the state border at an accelerated pace, as it is critical to prevent mass migration,” he said.
The border agreement between Estonia and the Russian Federation has not yet been ratified
In connection with construction work in the regions bordering with Russia, flights of aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles are prohibited until November 26.
The border treaty between the Russian Foreign Ministry and Estonia was signed in 2014, but has not yet been ratified.
The previously approved plan envisaged the completion of the border with Russia by 2026. However, at this stage, work on the construction of temporary fences is being carried out at an accelerated pace due to the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border.