Border Clearance and Marking Given the Go-Ahead ({{commentsTotal}})

The government today asked the State Forest Management Center (RMK), the Police and Border Guard Board and the Land Board to put up signs, and clear and mark the border strip on Estonia's eastern border with Russia.

The Forest Management Center will be tasked with clearing trees and bushes from the border strip, and level the ground, creating a 10-meter wide zone across the 136-kilometer land border, while the Land Board and police and border guards will mark the land.

The Ministry of the Interior must now set up a working group to oversee the project. Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas said work will begin as soon as possible.

Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur said one problem is that 25-30 percent of the land is in private ownership, which means owners will have to either do the work themselves, or allow RMK on their land.

The total cost of the project is hard to predict, although the sale of wood cut down on the border areas will partially cover the costs.