• Poland to build Russia border towers at Kaliningrad - BBC News

    Poland is to build observation towers along its land border with the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, according to a Polish news agency.
    The six towers will be up to 50m (164ft) high and will stream images to Polish guards monitoring the 200km (124-mile) border, the PAP agency says.
    The total cost is reported to be 14m zloty (£2.5m; $3.8m), with 75% coming from the EU’s External Borders Fund.
    The move follows reports that Russia has deployed missiles to Kaliningrad.
    The reported deployment by Russia of short-range Iskander missiles comes amid heightened tensions with the West and Nato over Ukraine.

    • Contrairement à ce que laisse entendre la BBC, il s’agirait uniquement de poursuivre le bétonnage de la frontière de l’UE.

      Watchtowers on Poland-Russia border ’not linked’ to Ukraine conflict

      Poland says its plan to build watchtowers on its border with the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad is not linked to the Ukraine crisis.
      Joanna Rokicka, a spokeswoman for the Polish Border Guard, told EUobserver on Tuesday (7 April) that the scheme, which is part-funded by the European Commission, was agreed “quite some time ago, before the events in Ukraine”.

      We are building the towers purely for migration-control purposes. It’s not designed to prevent any situation linked to the current crisis in Ukraine”.
      A spokesman for the Polish foreign ministry, who asked to remain anonymous, added: “Small-border traffic between Poland and Kaliningrad is important, with almost 7 million Polish and Russian crossings over the green line each year”.

      This is designed to prevent illegal crossings and it’s not linked to the current situation in Ukraine”.