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2021.08.26 16:43

Slovenia sends 10km of concertina wire to Lithuania for border barrier

BNS2021.08.26 16:43

A shipment of concertina razor wire has been delivered to Lithuania from Slovenia on Thursday, along with other elements needed to erect a fence on the Lithuanian-Belarusian border, Lithuania's Interior Ministry reports.

“This assistance is very important for us. Our goal is to erect a physical barrier as fast as possible, therefore, undisrupted delivery of materials needs to be ensured,” said Interior Minister Agnė Bilotaitė.

She added that, although irregular migration across the Lithuanian-Belarusian border had somewhat abated lately, “we need to install a protective barrier and step up the protection of the state border”.

Slovenia also provided humanitarian assistance to Lithuania in late July.

Earlier, Lithuania received 105km of concertina from Estonia and another 24km from Ukraine. The installation began in Druskininkai Frontier District in early August.

On Wednesday, the Czech Republic decided to donate more than 500,000 euros to Lithuania to help deal with irregular migration.

Later, Austria donated 50 modular units to house the migrants. Lithuanian has also reached agreements with Poland, Ukraine and the United States on technical and expert-level assistance.

Under the EU's civil protection mechanism, Lithuania has received humanitarian aid from 16 countries in the form of tents and modular units, beds, blankets, furniture, electric generators, heaters and other items needed to house migrants.

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