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Ukraine’s Wall project along border with Russia monument to human stupidity — CSTO SecGen

October 21, 2014, 20:10 UTC+3 VIENNA

From the point of view of security, the project is worthless, Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization Nikolay Bordyuzha said

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CSTO Secretary General Nikolay Bordyuzha

CSTO Secretary General Nikolay Bordyuzha

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VIENNA, October 21. /TASS/. Ukraine’s project to build a wall along the border with Russia is a “monument to human stupidity,” Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Nikolay Bordyuzha said on Tuesday.

“From the point of view of security, the project is worthless and can be used as a monument to human stupidity,” he said at a roundtable meeting on security threats in the Eurasian space organized by the Russian Center of Science and Culture in Vienna. He did not rule out it was a “latent form of withdrawing money from the budget.”

He noted that since Ukraine was not a member of the CSTO, the organization had no right to take part in the settlement of the Ukrainian conflict. “Even after the armed coup in Kiev, despite the fact that it took place in the immediate proximity of the CSTO borders, we restricted even our comments on Ukraine-related topics,” he added.

On September 3, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced plans to build a 2,295-kilometer long “real border” with Russia. The ground section of the border will feature a ditch at least four meters wide and two meters deep equipped with systems of optic electronic surveillance, towers and other structures. The sea section will be equipped with optic electronic surveillance devices. The project cost, according to Yatsenyuk, stood at €66 million.

The Wall project has already stirred up criticism in Ukraine. Thus, Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine’s former Prime Minister and now the leader of the Batkivshchyna party said this project was doomed to be inefficient. Valery Khoroshkovsky, a former Deputy Prime Minister, said the project was an unaffordable luxury.

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