EXPLAINED: Why Poland is building wall along Russia border

The construction of a wall along Poland’s border with the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad has been ordered, according to the defense minister of Poland on Wednesday.

The action is being taken at a time when Warsaw believes that Russia intends to assist migrants from Asia and Africa in crossing the border illegally.

Poland needs to feel secure, according to Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak, hence the border needs to be secured. He declared that he had given the go-ahead for the erection of a temporary wall along the 210 km (130 mi) border.

Polish soldiers with demining experience started the work on Wednesday by performing the necessary preliminary work. The goal is to have it finished by the end of 2023.

A recent decision by the Russian aviation regulator to begin flights from the Middle East and North Africa to Kaliningrad, according to Blaszczak, prompted him to take action that would bolster security “by sealing this border.”

The barrier would consist of an electric fence, according to Konrad Szwed, a spokesman for the Border Guard organization, who talked to media. Although there isn’t currently a barrier along the border, border guards frequently patrol it, according to him.

Last year, a significant migration crisis occurred at Poland’s border with Belarus, as several individuals crossed illegally. A steel fence that Poland built along its border with Belarus was finished in June.

The Belarusian administration, which is associated with Russian President Vladimir Putin, was accused by Polish and other EU officials of orchestrating the movement in order to sow discord and division inside the European Union.

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