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Poland, Lithuania urge EU to expand anti-Belarusian sanctions amid migrant crisis

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Prime Ministers of Poland and Lithuania noted that at the eastern border of the EU that there are no signs of improvement and the number of illegal immigrants
23:30, 6 August 2021

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko
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Poland and Lithuania have urged the EU countries to increase the support of Lithuania amid the crisis with migrants and extend sanctions against Belarus as the Polish government reported.

“We condemn the use by Lukashenko’s regime of the illicit migration as the weapon for political pressure on the EU and its particular states-members. It shows one more the cynicism of the Belarusian regime and it shows the necessity of the quick response and joint actions of the EU for the solution of this security challenge,” the statement says.

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The Prime Ministers of Poland and Lithuania noted that at the eastern border of the EU that there are no signs of improvement and the number of illegal immigrants, who cross the border with Belarus, continues to grow and it reaches a few hundred people per day.

“We urge the European Commission, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), all states-members of the EU and our partners outside the EU to show the political and real support in the solution of this problem,” the message says.

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At the same time, Poland and Lithuania have urged the EU institutions to use all possible means to stop the new route of illicit migration as soon as possible after its establishment.

“We urge the EU and its member states to use this impetus for strengthening of our common migration policy of the EU and policy of the provision of the asylum, as well as reconsidering our approach to the protection of the borders. We firmly convinced that the protection of external borders of the Schengen Area is not only the commitment of particular states-members but the common responsibility of the EU,” the PMs of the countries stated.

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As it was reported earlier, the EU urged recently the Iraqi government to provide help in restraining the migrants' influx into Lithuania through Belarus.

This year, more than 4,000 illegal migrants crossed the border of Belarus with Lithuania. Most of them are Iraqis.

Related: Deputy head of Belarusian House in Ukraine banned from entering Ukraine

As a reminder, on July 2, the Lithuanian government declared a state of emergency at the national level in connection with an increase in the flow of illegal migrants from Belarus. On July 7, Lithuanian authorities announced that a wall would be built on the border with Belarus.

The country's officials believe that the increase in migration flows is an organized action of the Minsk regime against Lithuania and the EU.

 

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