Poland has built a fence on the border with Belarus, the construction of which began last winter in the context of the migrant crisis – as stated by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, RIA Novosti reports
The construction of the wall at the border between the two countries began in January 2022. It was assumed that its length would be 186 kilometres and its height would be five meters. Construction was to cost approximately $400m. Polish authorities have said the structure will be equipped with night vision cameras and motion sensors.
“This barrier was built in early summer, as we promised,” Morawiecki said.
According to him, if the barrier had not been built, the refugee problem would have distracted Poland from helping Ukraine.
“Today, the Polish security forces would have to concentrate on ensuring internal security and the security of this border. Thanks to a far-sighted policy, today we can focus on what is our and, in general, European priority: on helping Ukraine,” added the Polish PM.
The Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Border Guard, Major General Tomasz Praga, said that 49,000 tonnes of steel were involved in the construction of the barrier. Now, as he explained, the fence is being equipped with electronic security systems. There will be 2,500 surveillance cameras.