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Ministers from six NATO members—Finland, Norway, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania—got together over the weekend to discuss a coordinated effort to secure their borders with Russia by, among other things, creating a “drone wall” of constant surveillance. “This is a completely new thing—a drone wall stretching from Norway to Poland—and the goal is to use drones and other technologies to protect our borders… against provocations from unfriendly countries and to prevent smuggling,” Lithuanian Interior Minister Agne Bilotaite told the Baltic News Service.

In comments to Sputnik, former Swedish Armed Forces officer and politician Mikael Valtersson dismissed the drone wall as nothing more than another means of confrontation against Russia. “The practical use of a drone wall is probably rather limited. It might be a cost-efficient method of strengthening traditional border security, but it will not be a game-changer,” he surmised. “Both private (criminal) and state actors will be able to bring down reconnaissance drones and avoid detection, but refugees will, of course, be detected easily.”

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