Fence be­ing built to con­trol bor­der with Rus­sian en­clave

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VILNIUS | Lithua­nia has started build­ing a fence on its bor­der with the Rus­sian ex­clave of Kalin­ingrad in an at­tempt to curb smug­gling and il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion and strengthen the EU’s ex­ter­nal bor­der.

State bor­der of­fi­cials on Mon­day kicked off con­struc­tion works of the first seg­ment of the 80-mile-long metal fence at the Raminiskiu vil­lage. The in­stal­la­tion comes com­plete with elec­tronic sur­veil­lance sys­tems and drones. It will cost some $3.9 mil­lion and is to be com­pleted by the end of this year. The 61⁄2-foot fence will run through two Lithua­nian dis­tricts to the Ne­mu­nas river that serves as a nat­u­ral bar­rier be­tween the Baltic na­tion and Kalin­ingrad — home to a Rus­sian naval base on the Baltic Sea.

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