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Poland moves ahead with plans to build watchtowers along enclave border

(17 April 2015)

Poland plans to build six watchtowers along its border with Russian enclave Kaliningrad. According to the Polish foreign ministry, the watchtowers, which will be 35 to 50 meters high, will conduct surveillance of border traffic between the Russian enclave and Poland. The towers are expected to cost about €3.5 million, three quarters of which will be funded by the External Borders Fund of the European Commission.

Traffic between Poland and Kaliningrad has increased since 2012, when Poland and Russia agreed to permit visa-free travel to and from the enclave and two districts in northern Poland. According to the Polish foreign ministry spokesperson, who preferred to remain anonymous, the tower construction “is designed to prevent illegal crossings and it’s not linked to the current situation in Ukraine.”


Watchtowers on Poland-Russia border 'not linked' to Ukraine conflict, 7 April 2015, by Andrew Rettman for EU Observer,