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Money to Burn? Latvia to Spend $19Mln to Reinforce Border With Russia

© AFP 2023 / ILMARS ZNOTINSTrucks wait at the border crossing of Terehova in Latvia to enter Russia
Trucks wait at the border crossing of Terehova in Latvia to enter Russia - Sputnik International
Latvia is planning to spend 17 million euro ($19 million) to create a buffer zone on its border with Russia, as well as to construct fences in some areas, State Border Guard spokeswoman Jevgenija Poznaka said in a statement Wednesday.

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RIGA (Sputnik) — The aim of the border zone is to maintain security on the European Union's outer boundary and prevent the smuggling of goods and human trafficking, Poznaka said.

"The execution of the work will depend on available funding, it is planned to be fully completed by 2019," she said.

The border zone is expected to be created along the entire length of the 276-kilometer (172-mile) border, while fences are planned only in areas at high risk of trespassing, according to Poznaka.

In late August, Estonia announced that it would spend about $80 million to build a 67 mile-long wall on its border with Russia.

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