EU border agency to guard Lithuania-Belarus border

Source : 112 Ukraine

Cars, helicopters, border guards will be sent to the border to check and question migrants
11:23, 20 July 2021

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European Union border agency Frontex will send border guards, equipment, and personnel to Lithuania in order to control the border with Belarus, as Euronews reported.

"The 60 border patrol officers, with about 30 vehicles and two helicopters plus staff to screen and interview migrants, will be deployed in Lithuania from July 29 until October 6," the message reads.

The Lithuanian authorities have applied for emergency assistance after a surge in migrants crossing illegally, which the EU says has been orchestrated by Minsk.

Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri believed that the migrant crisis “was created and is fuelled by” Belarus, accusing Minsk of using irregular migration as leverage with the EU and Lithuania.

Related: Lithuania refuses to extradite opposition leader Tsikhanouskaya to Belarus

As it was reported earlier, in response to EU sanctions, President Alexander Lukashenko has said Belarus will no longer stop people trying to enter Lithuania. As a result, Lithuanian border guards detained more than two thousand illegal migrants at the border with Belarus in 2021. On July 2, the Lithuanian government declared a state of emergency at the national level concerning the increase in the flow of illegal migrants. On July 7, the Prime Minister of Lithuania Ingrida Šimonytė announced that a wall worth more than 40 million euros would be built on the border with Belarus.

Related: Estonia strengthens border due to influx of migrants to Lithuania

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