Finland’s authorities proposed spending 139 million euros ($143.4 million) on Thursday to construct fences alongside components of the nation’s border with Russia, fulfilling a promise made within the wake of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine in February.
Finland, which is making use of to hitch NATO’s western army alliance, has a historical past of wars with Russia, however the forest-covered border remains to be solely marked with indicators and plastic strains for many of its 1,300 km (810 miles) size. .
The Nordic nation mentioned in June it will construct limitations alongside components of the Russian border in a transfer to bolster preparedness in opposition to hybrid threats equivalent to a possible mass inflow of asylum seekers.
The preparedness invoice, though contested beneath EU asylum guidelines, was authorised in July by a supermajority permitting parliament to fast-track the legal guidelines.
The nation’s border guard authority mentioned the final word purpose is to construct 130 to 260 km of fences, protecting 10 to twenty p.c of the whole size, focusing primarily on border crossings and adjoining areas in southeastern Finland.
Earlier than Thursday’s spending proposal, parliament had solely earmarked €6 million for a take a look at mission.
Finland’s centre-left majority authorities faces a common election early subsequent yr.
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