Poland to spend $2.5bn making border ‘impenetrable’

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk in Brussels for a summit of the European People’s Party in March 2024 (European People’s Party/CC BY 2.0 Deed)
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has given more details about his plan to fortify the country’s eastern border with Russia and Belarus, adding to his announcement last week.

On Saturday Tusk said he’d spend $2.5bn on military fortifications, and that work on the so-called Shield-East project had already begun, ABC News reports.

“We are opening a great project of the construction of a safe border, including a system of fortifications and of the shaping of terrain, (of) environmental decisions that will make this border impenetrable by a potential enemy,” Tusk said in an address to troops in Krakow to mark 80 years since the allied victory in the Second World War’s Battle of Monte Cassino.

Three years ago, to counter the threat of a sudden influx of migrants, Poland built a 180km length of 5.5m-high fence along the Belarusian border, backed up by a system of cameras and sensors.

This new initiative responds to the threat of full military incursion.

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