Estonia may build a high-tech fence on border with Russia
The fence would be a little more than 100 km long, be 2.5 metres high and have barbed wire on top. After every 500 metres the fence would have a gate to enable rapid access to the border area. Also a network of #surveillance cameras will be erected.
According to one option, the border guard service will start using drones to check on possible border violations.
The construction is planned to start in 2018.
The fence would be part of the project on completing the Estonian-Russian border installations. The project is estimated to cost a total of 71 million euros.
According to Estonian authorities, the fence is necessary to reduce the number of border violations. This year alone, authorities have registered 43 violations on the land border with Russia.
Length of Estonia’s land border with Russia is 135 km. In addition, there is 126 km of border on Lake Peipus and 76 km of border on Narva River.
EUROPEAN CASTLE AS A MIRAGE
Eesti Päevaleht writes in its editorial that most of Europe is now suffering under the wave of refugees partly thanks to the soft approach of countries like Germany.
At the same time these countries are also the main destination for the refugees.
The German government said that it expects to have one refugee per a thousand residents. This is a notably high rate and has created a lot of opposition to the refugee issue, especially in the country’s eastern part.
The issue of whether to keep accepting incoming refugees is now threatening to tear apart the core values of Europe that is based on the presumption that a person who has a justified need for asylum must be granted one.
The fact that several EU’s border countries such as Greece and Italy are the main arrival points for refugees is also creating a risk that the EU is forced to abolish the Schengen area and re-introduce controls on internal borders.
Although there are also some groups in #Estonia that are opposing refugees at any cost, Estonia is very different in this regard from Germany or Sweden because hardly any refugees want to come living here.