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NATO Allies Build Drone Wall for Baltic Border Security Amid Russian Pressure

A group of NATO allies has decided to build a "drone wall" to monitor the borders of the alliance with Russia. This move responds to Russia's increasing pressure on the Baltic States through various actions.

Lithuanian Interior Minister Agnė Bilotaitė explained that this plan will involve using drones and other advanced technologies to protect the borders and guard against provocations and smuggling from hostile countries. The drone networks will stretch from Norway and Finland to the Baltic States and Poland, providing early warnings in case of a crisis necessitating mass evacuations. 

 

Bilotaitė also announced that regional drills would be held to test the readiness of institutions and their ability to accommodate people during an evacuation. This proactive strategy showcases the NATO allies' commitment to border protection and citizen safety.

The decision to create the "drone wall" comes amid rising concerns about Russia's border activities, such as the removal of boundary buoys by Russian border guards from the Narva River between Estonia and Russia. This act has been condemned as part of a larger pattern of provocative and hybrid actions by Russia in the Baltic Sea region, according to EU High Representative Josep Borrell.

Estonian officials have vowed to restore the buoys unless Russia provides a valid reason for their removal, stressing the importance of clearly marked national boundaries for safety and navigation. The buoy removal has heightened suspicions and underscored the need for coordinated responses from EU and NATO partners.

These developments coincide with the release of a draft document by the Russian Defense Ministry discussing potential changes to Russia’s maritime borders in the Baltic Sea, further alarming neighboring countries and partners. This has led to rapid and strategic collaboration with EU and NATO allies to form a unified response and counter any attempts to create instability.

In light of these challenges, the dedication of NATO allies to building a comprehensive border security network underscores their resolve to uphold sovereignty, protect their borders, and ensure the security of their citizens amid increasing pressure from Russia in the Baltic States region.

Written by Staff Reports

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