Estonia tightens border checks ahead of Estonia-Russia football match

  • 2007-03-23
  • From wire reports
In connection with the football Euro 2008 qualifier between the Estonian and Russian national teams in Tallinn on Saturday, March 24, border checks have been stepped up on Estonia's eastern border.

The measures took effect on the night between Tuesday and Wednesday and will continue until midnight on March 25, the Border Guard Goard said.

"Stricter than usual control during the period of the football match is needed in order to ensure increased security on the Estonian border and Estonia's domestic security in the broader sense," Lt. Col. Raivo Terve, head of the border security department at the Border Guard Board, said.

An estimated one thousand or so fans are due to arrive in Estonia from Russia, and when people is so large numbers are crossing the border one needs to make sure that the people arriving in Estonia come with good intentions, he said.

The border authority is asking people crossing the border to be understanding in the case of possible delays.