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Poland to Invest $2.5 Bln to Strengthen Borders with Russia, Belarus


Sat 18 May 2024 | 06:15 PM
Israa Farhan

Poland is set to invest 10 billion zlotys (nearly $2.5 billion) to enhance the security of its eastern borders with Russia and Belarus, according to Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

This substantial investment aims to fortify the country's defenses and ensure robust border security.

During a ceremony in Krakow marking the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino, Tusk highlighted the strategic importance of this initiative.

He stated that Poland has already allocated the funds and commenced the extensive project to construct and upgrade fortifications along the 400-kilometer border stretch.

This project, dubbed the "Eastern Shield," will include both physical barriers and modernized security equipment.

The plan encompasses building new fortifications and updating existing security measures. Additionally, the government is advancing the enhancement of the protective fence along the Belarus border, originally erected in 2022.

In line with these efforts, Poland has begun developing an "electronic barrier," which will comprise a network of electronic surveillance systems along border rivers such as Bug, Svisloch, and Istochanka. This system is designed to provide comprehensive monitoring and bolster the overall security framework.

These measures are part of Poland's broader national strategy to strengthen its eastern frontiers in response to growing regional tensions and security concerns.