Lithuania to offer EU new sanctions against Belarus due to illegal migrants

Source : 112 Ukraine

It is unknown what sanctions will be imposed
19:17, 9 July 2021

Lithuania will propose to impose new sanctions against Belarus due to the intensification of the migration crisis on the Lithuanian-Belarusian border. This was reported to BNS by Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis.

“Using migration as a weapon against EU countries is even more cynical than hijacking a Ryanair aircraft. I am confident that our northern and Baltic counterparts will agree that regimes that use migrants as weapons for hybrid attacks should receive a painful response from the EU,” minister commented.

Related: Lithuania refuses to extradite opposition leader Tsikhanouskaya to Belarus

According to the Minister, he will present sanctions proposals to his colleagues from EU countries at a meeting of EU foreign ministers. It is unknown what specific sanctions Lithuania will offer.

As it was reported earlier, on July 2, the Lithuanian government declared a state of emergency at the national level due to the growing flow of illegal migrants from Belarus.

On July 7, Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonite announced that a wall worth more than 40 million euros would be built on the border with Belarus.

It should be added that the EU has already imposed four packages of sanctions against Belarus due to the forced landing of a Ryanair plane in Minsk and the arrest of opposition blogger Roman Pratasevich.

Related: Lithuania begins fence construction on border with Belarus


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