Latvia’s Interior Minister Marija Goluveba reported on Friday that the government would “soon” erect a fence on the border with Belarus in view of the migration flows from the neighboring country.
In statements to Latvian television, collected by the LSM.LV portal, Goluveba stated that the fence, which will be provisional, will be made of barbed wire and will be 37 kilometers long. It is placed in the “most critical” places.
In the meantime, the Latvian Ministry of Defense has announced that the Slovenian Ministry of Defense has offered to donate five kilometers of barbed wire for the construction of the fence.
Pressure on the borders of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, which are the gateway to the EU from the north-east for migrants from conflict areas, has increased over the past year.
In early August, the three countries announced that they would shield their borders with Belarus to prevent the entry of migrants who had found safer routes through Belarusian territory. Latvia has also declared a state of emergency on its border.