Lithuania started building a 3.4-metre high steel fence along its shared land border with Belarus. The fence will be topped with 0.6 metres of razor wire, Reuters reports.
The purpose of the fence is to ward off migrants entering from Belarus. Lithuania spends some €152m to erect the 500km fence, which it intends to complete by September next year.
Throughout 2020, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland have reported major increases in migrants reaching their territory from Belarus and have accused Lukashenko of using them to put pressure on the European Union to lift sanctions against his country.