Lithuania to spend €41m on border fence with Belarus

This comes in addition to the barbed wire fence being installed on the border with Belarus by the Lithuanian military. [EPA-EFE/VALDA KALNINA]

Lithuania will build a fence at its border with Belarus, Interior Minister Agnė Bilotaitė confirmed.

“We think we could do that quickly enough, such a fence would cost approximately €41 million,” she told reporters on Friday.

This comes in addition to the barbed wire fence being installed on the border with Belarus by the Lithuanian military.

“The situation will be the following: we build a barbed-wire barrier and a fence in parallel. When building the fence, we will use the barbed wire barrier and will have double protection,” she added.

The aim was to build a physical fence along the entire border with Belarus, Bilotaitė said.

“The first stage is barbed wire fencing and the second stage is the construction of a physical fence,” the minister noted.

She claimed that the barrier would be built “in as short a period of time as possible”.

Lithuania shares a 678.8-kilometre long border with Belarus.

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