Estonia to spend 70 million euros on construction of wall along border with Russia

The Estonian Minister of Internal Affairs, Hanno Pevkur, stated that Estonia will spend over 70 million euro on the construction of a high-tech wall on the border with Russia, Postimees reports.

"The total cost of the construction of the technological border will tentatively exceed 70 million euro. Our goal is to complete the construction of the border infrastructure by the centennial of the Estonian Republic which will be celebrated in 2018," Pevkur said during a speech on Friday at the Higher Courses of State Defense.

According to the Minister, the budget assumes that over 20 million euro will be allocated for the construction of the border this year. "In accordance with the budget approved on Thursday, we will allocate more than 50 million euro in the coming years," the Minister of Internal Affairs assured.

He also spoke about strengthening the response capabilities of the border guard. "In the coming years, we must increase the number of rapid response units, including border rapid response units. I’m sure we can start preparation works this year," the Minister said.

  Estonia, Russia