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2021.07.23 14:44

Lithuania runs out of materials to build barbed-wire fence on Belarus border

BNS2021.07.23 14:44

The construction of a fence along the Belarusian border has stalled as Lithuania has run out of razor wire products. Vilnius has asked assistance from other countries, Interior Vice Minister Arnoldas Abramavičius says.

In a Facebook post on Friday, Lithuanian Defence Minister Arvydas Anušauskas shared information that some 4.5 km of concertina barbed wire used in military engineering has been used from the army's reserve, adding that more of it would come “from other countries”.

Abramavičius later confirmed it.

“To install concertina wire, we first need to have some. That's the issue. We are now looking for it in different countries that could offer to sell it. They do not produce it in Lithuania,” Abramavičius told BNS, adding that Poland was the nearest concertina wire producer, but needed it for its own border.

According to the vice minister, Lithuania is in talks with several countries, including Denmark and Slovenia, about buying concertina wire or having it donated.

Lithuania started erecting a barbed wire fence on its border with Belarus two weeks ago in response to a major influx of irregular migrants entering from Belarus. Interior Minister Agnė Bilotaitė said then the plan was to build a fence alongside the entire 550-km border section at the cost of 41 million euros.

Rustamas Liubajevas, chief of the State Border Guard Service (VSAT), said two weeks ago that a barbed wire fence could be installed over a course of several months.

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