The border between Latvia and Belarus is not well equipped / Article
The border between Latvia and Belarus is not very well equipped, the commander of the National Armed Forces (NBS) Leonīds Kalniņš told Latvian radio on 11 August.
Kalniņš said that there are places where “holes” remain and that these areas are now monitored more than others, requiring more human resources than state border guards can guarantee. The NBS was already providing assistance to state border guards before the state of emergency was announced in the border area of Latvia and Belarus.
The NBS has dispatched National Guard personnel to guard the border, and various technological intelligence facilities have also been deployed. “The NBS was already ready before the government’s decision to declare the emergency,” Kalniņš said.
The armed forces are also tackling the issue of accommodation for migrants. The government’s decision requires the NBS to provide space and infrastructure to accommodate migrants. “Solid infrastructure” or existing buildings where people could be accommodated under normal conditions will be identified first. The commander of the NBS explained that it is more convenient and cheaper to provide migrants with humane conditions in existing buildings.
However, if none of these buildings are found, it will be possible to decide on the construction of tents, Kalniņš said. This would require more financial and human resources.
Kalniņš stressed that the NBS had “everything necessary to provide assistance to border guards”, including the mobilization of a large number of personnel and technological units.
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