Speaking to Latvian television on Monday, Latvian Internal Affairs Minister Rihards Kozlovskis noted that Latvia would need "four years and 17 million euros in order to fence itself off from Russia via a wall."
The minister noted that the proposed wall's price tag should be taken into account by the country's government in planning for the country's next budget.
Latvia far from being alone among European nations in its plans to build security walls to keep illegal immigrants out, even if its location next to the Russian border might seem like an odd choice, to say the least.
And keeping out illegal immigrants isn't the only reason for the construction of walls in contemporary Europe. Last year the Ukrainian government approved the construction of a wall with Russia dubbed the 'European Bulwark', complete with 17-meter high steelwork turrets, anti-tank ditches, observation posts, CCTV cameras, alarm systems and remote controlled weapons emplacements. The absurd project, estimated to cost the equivalent of about $200 million US, has run into financial difficulties as Ukraine struggles to negotiate over its $19 billion in external debt.