Estonia to clear bush along Russian border for security

Estonian government has decided to clear the bush along the border between Estonia and Russia for full infrastructure development on border safety.

IANS| Updated: Sep 23, 2014, 00:08 AM IST

Tallinn: Estonian government has decided to clear the bush along the border between Estonia and Russia for full infrastructure development on border safety.

The move came following alleged kidnapping of an Estonian counterintelligence agent along the border.

State Forest Management Center would perform the work, as agreed by the country's Prime Minister Taavi Roivas, Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur and Environment Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus last week, reported Xinhua citing the Estonian Public Broadcasting Monday.

Increasing the border security to ensure national security is a priority for the government, officials said.

A total of 200,000 euros were allocated for bush clearing and improving border guard equipment this summer while two million euros is being channelled into reinforcing the border with night vision cameras, border guard weapons and personal protection devices.