2021.08.05 17:06

Lithuania resumes laying razor wire along Belarus border

BNS2021.08.05 17:06

Lithuanian servicemen have resumed putting up concertina razor wire along the border with Belarus.

The country currently has enough concertina to cover a 20-kilometre section, Interior Minister Agnė Bilotaitė told reporters on Thursday.

The installation is now performed by soldiers, but the authorities are planning to bring in road builders and private sector brigades, too, according to the minister.

Bilotaitė said Lithuania expected to receive additional 100 kilometers of concertina wire from Estonia in a month, with another 100 kilometers expected to come from Ukraine.

Read more: Lithuania to receive 100 kilometres of barbed wire from Estonia

“We expect to have that major procurement, which covers the purchase of the remaining concertina, and installation components and work, in the near future,” she told reporters.

According to earlier reports, around 5 kilometers of concertina wire have been used for a border barrier so far. Since several layers of wire are being put up, a border stretch of about 1.5 kilometers was fenced off near Druskininkai.

Bilotaitė would not say how many kilometers of the border have been fenced so far.

“This is sensitive information that is used by our unfriendly neighbour,” she told reporters on Thursday.

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