Lithuania: border conflicts lead to note of protest

The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry handed a note of protest to Minsk, said Gabrielus Landsbergis, foreign minister. As reported by Sputnik Lithuania, Belarusian border guards entered the territory of Lithuania.

The Baltic country called the incident a provocation of the Belarusian authorities, which is causing an escalation of the already difficult situation in the border areas. Landsbergis called on Minsk to refrain from such violations and incitements at the borders of the two countries, especially in the context of the forthcoming flow of Afghan refugees.

A provocative incident took place in the Shalchininki region on August 18. According to the ministry, 12 border guards from Belarus, dressed in riot suppression equipment and with shields, actively pushed 35 illegal migrants out of their territory. Moreover, they themselves, in the heat of action, ended up in neighboring Lithuania. In response, measures were taken to strengthen the border and a protest note was sent.

Migrant groups began to storm the Lithuanian border at the end of May, trying to get from the territory of Lithuania deep into the European Union. The migration crisis on the borders of Belarus and the EU led to the fact that illegal immigrants, most of whom migrated from Africa and the Middle East, were simply returned back. And the Belarusian security forces are actively pushing them to Lithuania, not letting go back

The EU blames Minsk and personally Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko for the situation. The Belarusian leadership presumably uses the tour operator Tsentrkurort. The state-owned enterprise ferries refugees from Iraq and Syria to the borders of the European Union, making good money on it.

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