Finland may build a fence on the southeastern part of its border with Russia within two to three years, the newspaper Uutissuomalainen reports, citing data from the country’s border service.
The agency plans to fence off only 10-20% of the 1300-kilometer border. Thus, the length of the fence will be from 130 to 260 km. Construction is expected to take about 50 years.
Pasi Kostamovaar, head of the border guard, said the fencing would cost several hundred million euros. In addition to the fence itself, this amount includes its maintenance and the creation of related infrastructure, which will allow border guards to quickly respond to illegal border crossings.
Nearly 17,000 Russians crossed the border with Finland over the weekend, up 80% from a week earlier, according to Reuters. According to TASS, according to the press service of the North-Western Customs Administration, from September 21 to September 25, inclusive, 13,100 cars passed through the customs post in Vyborg on the border with Finland from the territory of Russia. According to customs data, between September 14 and 18, 7.7 thousand cars crossed the border with Finland, while the flow of cars almost doubled. In total, 38.3 thousand people crossed the border from September 21 to 25, and 21 thousand people crossed the border from September 14 to 18.