Estonia broadcasts snap army workout, will put razor cord alongside Russian border

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(Reuters) – The Estonian executive summoned 1,700 reserve squaddies on Wednesday for an unannounced workout which is able to come with putting in a razor cord barrier alongside 40 km of its border with Russia, because the migration disaster in within sight Belarus intensifies.

The EU has accused Belarus of flying in 1000’s of migrants from the Middle East and Africa and pushing them to pass into EU and NATO contributors Poland, Lithuania and Latvia in retaliation for sanctions already imposed on Minsk. Belarus has denied intentionally fomenting the disaster.

The EU neighbours of Belarus, which is an in depth Russian best friend, have warned that the disaster may result in an army conflict, and feature declared states of emergency and deployed army forces close to their borders.

Estonia has a an identical geopolitical historical past to Lithuania and Latvia, even supposing it has no border with Belarus.

The snap workout is scheduled to final till Nov. 25 and was once known as to check speedy reaction of the nationwide chain of command, the Estonian executive mentioned.

The reserve solders will assist set up 40 km of razor cord in puts alongside Russian border, the place dangers of unlawful crossings are best, Estonian police and border guard mentioned in a remark.

“What is happening in Poland, Lithuania and Latvia also requires the strengthening of the border infrastructure in Estonia,” mentioned leader of Police and Border Guard Elmar Vaher.

(Reporting through Andrius Sytas in Vilnius; Editing through Toby Chopra and Peter Graff)

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