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Poland makes plans for bolstering border protection at Kaliningrad enclave

Poland will upgrade security on its border with the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad because Russia is proving to be an “unstable neighbour,” Bartosz Grodecki,deputy interior minister said.

Bartosz Grodecki, the deputy minister responsible for international affairs and migration, made the statement during an interview with pap.pl on Thursday.

“It is true that there is a plan being made by the Border Guard, and it will be implemented… I will not hide the fact that the Kaliningrad enclave is another part of our border, following the frontier with Belarus, which will be equipped with a modern and effective protection system,” Mr Grodecki said.

Having repeated and emphasised this would be an advanced electronic system, Mr Grodecki adds that considerable funds have already been secured to implement the project.

“As Russia is a very unstable neighbour which commits acts of terrorism on its neighbours, Poland has to properly protect its border,” Mr Grodecki said, noting how this element of preparations is necessary for possible Russian operations against Poland.

Asked about the effectiveness of the fence built by Poland on its border with Belarus, Mr Grodecki confirmed it had fulfilled its role and added that installation of a perimetric system designed to further increase its efficiency was under way.

“A fence or any other facility is a measure taken by EU members to better prevent the inflow of migrants to the EU,” Grodecki said, adding that the fence on the border with Belarus “had limited this inflow.”

Poland has already completed construction of a 187-kilometre-long fence stretching along the Polish-Belarusian border after the government in Minsk, Belarus, instigated a migration crisis in 2021 in retaliation to Western sanctions.


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