Border Should Be Manned, Says Center Party ({{commentsTotal}})

The Center Party faction said that Estonia's eastern border should be fully manned in the light of the claimed kidnapping of an ISS official last week, but a thorough analysis of the events of last Friday is needed first.

Center Party secretary general and MP Priit Toobal said the party is of the opinion that EU and NATO's eastern border should be manned, and it is a critical security matter.

MP Aivar Riisalu, who recently ditched the Center Party for IRL, said the border guard unit should be reformed and should never have been added to the police force. He said the force should be more military and added to the Defense Forces.

Kristen Michal, the head of the Reform Party faction in parliament, said the current combined Police and Border Guard institution, and any new measures should await results of an analysis following what Estonian officials say was the abduction of Eston Kohver by Russia on Friday.

Police and border guards were merged into one state institution in 2010. It currently has around 5,000 employees.