Finland Begins Construction Of Border Wall With Russia

GRANSEE, GERMANY - MAY 03: Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin addresses the media during the first day of a German federal government cabinet retreat at Schloss Meseberg on May 3, 2022 in Meseberg, Germany. Both Sweden and Finland are strongly considering applying for membership of the NATO military alliance following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The German government retreat is taking place following Chancellor Scholz's recent decision to supply Ukraine with heavy weaponry and as the European Union seeks to implement a phased-in ban of fossil fuel imports from Russia. (Photo by Hannibal Hanschke/Getty Images)
  • Finland has begun construction of a 124-mile barrier fence on its eastern border with Russia — enacting a security plan developed after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of neighboring Ukraine.
  • The Finnish Border Guard said the fence will be 10 ft. tall with barbed wire and surveillance equipment installed on top. It will not span the entire border with Russia but will be built in riskier areas, such as border crossing points and their adjacent areas.
  • Of all European Union countries, Finland shares the longest land border with Russia, stretching 832 miles. Currently, a simple wooden fence separating forested areas marks the boundary between Finland and Russia.
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