(Warsaw) The Polish Minister of the Interior announced on Tuesday the construction of an electronic protection system along the border with the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, in particular to prevent illegal crossings of migrants, orchestrated, according to Warsaw, by Russia.
The new system will be added to the barbed wire barrier being built on this approximately 200 kilometer long border.
“We will have full surveillance of what is happening at the border,” Minister Mariusz Kaminski said in a statement.
The project, whose cost is estimated at 80 million euros, will include 3,000 cameras and motion detectors.
A metal barrier five meters high, also coupled with an electronic system, is already operating along the Polish border with Belarus, an ally of Russia, accused of letting in migrants wishing to reach the EU, which Minsk denies.
It is still forbidden in Poland to approach this border closer than 200 meters.
Despite these protections and the common practice of pushbacks applied by Poland, about a hundred attempts to cross the Polish-Belarusian border illegally, by migrants mainly from the Middle East and Africa, are reported daily by the border guards and NGOs operating there.