Belarus official organizations may be involved in human trafficking, - Lithuanian MFA

Source : 112 Ukraine

MInsk denies all allegations
19:51, 13 July 2021

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis

Official organizations based in Belarus, such as air carriers and tourist agencies may be involved in the acts of human traffickingEuractiv wrote that, citing Gabrlielius Landsbergis, the Lithuanian Foreign Minister. 

"We need to be very strict with the regimes that are using these sorts of weapons, first with sanctions. We’re not seeing actual flows of migrants who are fleeing for their lives and choosing a raft that actually endangers their life, but what we’re seeing is tourist agencies selling tickets to the European border, and not so expensive tickets – this is a very different situation", the official said in his commentary for the press during the session of EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels. 

According to Landsbergis, if special services can track who is involved in these actions it could become a ground for implementation of new sanctions. 

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Belarus denies these allegations.

Euractiv cited Lithuanian border guard service, which says that "nearly 1,700 migrants have entered Lithuania, an EU state, illegally from Belarus this year, more than 1,000 of them in July alone; half of them identified themselves as Iraqi citizens, while others came from Congo, Cameroon, Guinea, Iran and Afghanistan".

Related: EU should expand economic sanctions against Belarus, - Borrell

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