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Lithuanian military establishes forward base near Belarus border

Source : 112 Ukraine

The base was established to house the additional troops that have been drafted in to help the border guards
11:00, 20 November 2021

gazprom.ru

Lithuania’s Armed Forces have established a forward operating base in Druskininkai near the country's border with Belarus, the military said in a press release on Friday.

“Forward Operating Base (FOB) is usually established near the place of operations, where troops train and rest and where missions are plannedThe troops also depart for missions from the base,” the military said.

The base was established to house the additional troops that have been drafted in to help the border guards amid what Vilnius says is an orchestrated campaign by Belarus, which has used irregular migration to pressure the European Union.

Related: Belarus took all migrants away from border in Kuznica area,- Poland

Due to the migration crisis on the EU's external borders with Belarus, Lithuania imposed a one-month state of emergency in the border area from the north on November 10.

Meanwhile, over 200 people who had previously crossed the Lithuanian-Belarusian border illegally have left Lithuania.

Over the next week, about 80 more migrants staying in Lithuania intend to return to their countries of origin voluntarily. There are Iraqi consuls in Lithuania who are preparing documents for the return of their compatriots.

Related: 430 migrants fly from Belarus to Iraq

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