Poland begins erecting a fence on the border with Russia’s Kaliningrad
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Poland begins erecting a fence on the border with Russia’s Kaliningrad

Poland already has a physical fence with motion sensors and cameras on its border with Belarus, a Russian ally, because it believes the Belarusian regime is allowing migrants seeking to enter the European Union, which Minsk denies.

Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said today that construction of a fence on the border with the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad is starting to prevent the illegal crossing of migrants.

Poland already has a physical fence with motion sensors and cameras on its border with Belarus, a Russian ally, because it believes the Belarusian regime is allowing migrants seeking to enter the European Union, which Minsk denies.

After the introduction of flights from the Middle East and North Africa to Kaliningrad, “I decided to act in the direction of strengthening security with the Kaliningrad enclave. We are starting with the construction of a temporary fence,” Mariusz Blaszczak told reporters.

The fence will consist of three rows of barbed wire 2.5 meters high, with an average width of 3 meters and electronic equipment.

The work starts today on the 210 km long land border, he stressed.

To prevent a migrant crisis that Poland sees as a Russian-Belarusian hybrid war directed against it, in 2021 Warsaw created a strip about 3 kilometers wide and more than 400 kilometers long on the border with Belarus.

Access to that area is prohibited for all persons without a residence permit, including members of non-governmental organizations that help migrants and journalists.

Despite the fact that Poland usually turns back migrants trying to enter the country, border police and non-governmental organizations operating on the ground report about a hundred attempts to illegally cross the Polish-Belarusian border every day, mostly by migrants from the Middle East.