FIGHTING BACK: Lukashenko Opens Belarusian Border for Migrants Who Want to Enter the EU

Lithuania declares 'state of emergency,' the EU sends reinforcements — but why? The morally superior West loves migrants, right?

 

After catching 150 migrants illegally crossing the border from Belarus, Lithuania has declared an emergency and appealed to the EU for assistance. Vilnius and Brussels say Minsk is weaponizing migration in reprisal for sanctions.

Lithuania has requested help from Frontex, the EU border service, after catching 150 people who tried to sneak across the border from Belarus in just the past 24 hours. Most of them were Iraqi nationals, who immediately claimed asylum.

Visiting Vilnius on Friday, European Commission chair Ursula von der Leyen said a “politically motivated pattern” was on display, and that the EC and the EU in general “really stand by your side in this difficult time.” Lithuania has been an EU and NATO member since 2004.

Other EU officials have also expressed concern about the “influx of migrants” on the border. European Parliament President David Sassoli said, “someone is unacceptably playing with people’s lives.”

While neither Sassoli nor von der Leyen named the suspect, the Lithuanian government has already accused President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus. They claim Lukashenko is deliberately letting migrants from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia fly to Belarus and then cross into the EU via Lithuania.

On June 27, Lithuanian Interior Minister Agne Bilotaite said she had evidence of a “well-organized” plan involving Belarusian border guards and “the regime” to flood Lithuania with migrants from the Middle East, in an interview given to the news portal Delfi. The charge was quickly echoed by Western outlets such as the Telegraph, the US government-funded RFE/RL, and the NATO-backed Atlantic Council.

The Foreign Ministry in Minsk announced the suspension of its agreement with the EU to cooperate on border enforcement a day after Bilotaite’s interview, on June 28. The move was explained as retaliation for EU sanctions against Belarus, imposed on June 24 on grounds of “human rights violations.”

Brussels cited the arrest in May of two opposition activists on board a Ryanair flight that made an emergency landing in Minsk due to a bomb threat. The EU has claimed – with no evidence – that the bomb threat was fabricated in order to arrest Roman Protasevich and his friend Sofia Sapega, who were flying to Vilnius from Greece.

Lithuania and Poland have served as operations hubs for Belarusian opposition activists, including the “president in exile” Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who has called for sanctions against Minsk and claimed that the August 2020 presidential election was rigged and stolen from her.

The Lithuanian state border security service VSAT said that a total of 822 migrants have illegally crossed over from Belarus since January 2021. Most of them have no documents, but more than half – 428 – claim to be Iraqi nationals, with 51 Iranians and 45 Syrians. A VSAT spokesman told RFE/RL that “most migrants” arrived in Minsk “via direct flights from Istanbul and Baghdad.” Lithuanian intelligence knows how they got from Minsk to the border, he added, but could not disclose that information, citing “an ongoing investigation.”

There has, however, been no similar surge of migrants to Poland or Latvia, EU member states that also share a border with Belarus. Latvia has registered only one illegal crossing so far this year.

While Lithuania is ringing alarm bells over 800 migrants, the US has captured nearly 900,000 people crossing over from Mexico illegally between January and April 2021, while the White House insists there is no “crisis” on the border.

Source: RT


A first team of six guards from the European Union’s border agency Frontex began working in Lithuania on Friday, as the Baltic state reported another sharp rise in migrants and refugees arriving from Belarus amid simmering tensions between the bloc and Minsk.

The Lithuanian border guard service said over the last 24 hours it detained 150 migrants and refugees – almost twice as many as for the whole of 2020.

That brings the total number of detected illegal crossings along their shared 680km (420-mile) border to more than 800 so far this year. In 2020, there were 81 detected crossings.

The Lithuanian government, which is strongly opposed to Belarus’s longtime President Alexander Lukashenko, has said it suspects his government is allowing migrants and refugees through the border.

Lukashenko has previously warned his country will no longer try to stem a flow of illegal migrants and refugees from other countries to the EU following a downturn in relations between his government and Brussels prompted by Minsk’s forced diversion of a passenger jet in May and subsequent arrest of a dissident journalist on board.

“The situation is tense and has a tendency to deteriorate further,” Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis told the AFP news agency.

“The goal of the foreign ministry is clear – economic migrants who cross the EU border illegally have to be returned to the place they left,” he said.

Source: Al Jazeera

17 Comments
  1. Malatok says

    Natostan is being gamed. Mess with the Bear and get mauled, moron$!

    1. Helga Weber says

      I like the expression Natostan!!

      1. Jerry Hood says

        I like Malatok= Hammer, hammering it right!

      2. Mr Reynard says

        Liked better Cacastan …

    2. Abraham Lincoln says

      Send them as many of the ISIS and Al CIAda fighters they support in Syria, Yemen, etc., ASAP.

  2. ken says

    “The morally superior West loves migrants, right?”
    Only when it serves the purpose to displace current White nationals.

    “Kremlin-backed Belarus dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka has recently begun weaponizing migrants..”

    Explain the difference between the gaggle of dicktators in Brussels or a dictator in Belarus. If I remember correctly the dictator in Belarus did not incarcerate his citizens over the bogus covid.

    I used to say that about Russia but after Putins meeting with Biden, Russia has gone bonkers like the West dragging a woman by the hair to a cruiser for taking off her mask because she got sick. No, Russia is as crazed as the West now. Belarus will probably soon be as well. But for now….

    Between the illegals, the kill vaxxines, global warming, unfounded racism accusations, affirmative action, culture assassination, gov condoned depravity, gov’s purposeful destruction of economies, the great reset, Whites now on gov’s extremist / terrorist list, and daily gas lighting Caucasians are next on the extinction list.

    1. Helga Weber says

      It is sad what is happening.

      1. kkk says

        Zionist mafia runs the show

  3. Pablo says

    It’s fun and also satisfying to see the EU get a taste of its own Medicine. Of course, the EU types, like Landsbergis have no sense of hypocrisy. Lithuania and the rest of the EU needs MORE Iraqis to declare asylum. I would like to see several Million Iraqi males of Military age to enter eU Countries and demand Asylum.

  4. GMC says

    Belarus had nothing to do with bombing the Mid East and North Africa – the EU, Israel, the US and Nato did – let them take in everyone of those immigrants. 30 to 40 countries participating in the Black Sea Nato exercises – including Israel – Russia better Cowboy up and take some serious friggin notes – and then let every country know – that they have 10 to 20 nukes for each of those countries – with their GPS coordinates – scheduled. It’s called – National Security – Russia.

  5. Raptar Driver says

    Yes, that is how you deal with these Illogical peoples.

  6. Raptar Driver says

    They are not playing.

  7. Voz 0db says

    Never ending FUN…

    Go Go Lukashenko!

  8. Helga Weber says

    The good and holy West still thinks it can take advantage of other countries and tell them what to do.

  9. kkk says

    Good for Lukashenko. This is the only language EU liberal scum understands

  10. Juan says

    George Orwell was really a visionary huh.

  11. yuri says

    if these amerikan colonies want cooperation they should not impose unjustified fascist sanctions

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