Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Lithuania to Build Border Fence to Deter Russia; Fears Russian Mil.Buildup on Border Signals War

As a result of a Russian military buildup in its Lithuanian-bordering enclave of Kaliningrad during the past few months, Lithuania has decided to build an 80-mile-long border fence equipped with surveillance cameras this year, the Washington Post website reports today (January 17, 2017).

The project -- designed to be a deterrent to Russian aggression -- is expected to be funded by the European Union (EU) as a security investment.

All three of the tiny Baltic states -- Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania -- are members of the EU and NATO. They were also under the control of Soviet Russia until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

After Russia's recent war in eastern Ukraine -- and its annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula -- Baltic leaders fear their countries may be the next targets for Russian expansion.

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