Finland begins building wall on Russian border

1 March, 12:16 AM
The border of Finland and Russia (Photo:Kaakkois-Suomen rajavartiolaitos)

The border of Finland and Russia (Photo:Kaakkois-Suomen rajavartiolaitos)

Finnish authorities have begun constructing a wall on the Finland-Russia border, starting with a fence near the Imatra border checkpoint, Finnish news outlet Yle reported on Feb. 28.

Construction is expected to last until June 2023. A new road for border patrol guards will be paved next to the fence. The barrier will have to cross some privately-held land plots, so authorities are negotiating that with the owners.

Around 200 kilometers of border fencing will be placed down in the next several years, making illegal border crossings much more difficult to pull off.

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Finland has increased state spending on national security and defense since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, with a particular focus on expanding the ranks of its border guard corps.

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