Despite fears that Russian forces could have landed on Lithuanian soil through the Curonian Spit the threat of Russian agents or forces penetrating Lithuania by train is real, according to the head of Lithuania‘s border guard service.
Kena checkpoint
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“Three years ago 130 Russian military personnel entered Lithuania, 32 of them were unauthorized, and so measures have been taken now to stop them coming through,” said the Kena cordon Deputy Commander Major Pranskus.

State Border Guard Service (VSAT) officials believe such a penetration could happen again so on Thursday a joint exercise was held on Lithuania‘s south-eastern border around the Kena checkpoint where an attempted entry by Russian agents was simulated.

VSAT are putting in place a number of measures to prevent a recurrence. After checks at Kena and Kybartai checkpoints, about 10% of all trains coming from Belarus and travelling to Kaliningrad region are accompanied by VSAT helicopter.

Moreover, all trains get fitted with GPS systems that allow border guards to monitor trains‘ movement. Every time the speed of a train gets critically low, police officers arrive to check on the situation.

Furthermore, a person has to purchase ticket for the transit route at least 24 hours before the trip to allow Lithuanian officials to check the personal data of the traveller.

Additionally, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs consular officer rides in every train tranisting the border to check every passenger and issue a temporary permit to travel.

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