During the summit in Brussels on October 22, the EU is going to discuss the implementation of new sanctions against Belarus. These aim to stop the illegal migration to the EU across Belarus.
"The topic of migration became even more actual for Poland, Lithuania and Germany due to the hybrid actions committed by President Lukashenko. We'll talk about what kind of sanctions, economic sanctions we can approve to show that we condemn this sort of human trafficking", DW cited German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Latvian Premier Krišjānis Karinš added that if the EU does not protect its external borders, the entire Schengen area could face a major threat.
"We now observe a hybrid attack from Belarus in Latvia, in the Baltic states. It's merciless and relentless. Belarus brings people from third countries onto their territory, and these people are urged and pushed across the border into Europe. It's unacceptable behaviour. As democracies, we must protect our borders", Karinš said.
The two-day EU summit opened in Brussels on Thursday, October 21. During Day 1, the participants discussed the matter of rapid increase of prices of energy carriers, specifically the natural gas. On Day 2, the parties are supposed to focus on migration policy and digital technologies.