Lithuanian soldiers will use weapons on Belarus border if ‘their lives in danger’, says minister

Tensions on the Polish-Belarusian border have increased in recent days. If similar scenarios were repeated in Lithuania, the country’s soldiers would not hesitate to use their weapons, according to Lithuanian Defence Minister Arvydas Anušauskas. On Monday night, a group of 60-70 irregular migrants attempted to break the barrier on the Polish-Belarusian border, the Polish StateContinue reading “Lithuanian soldiers will use weapons on Belarus border if ‘their lives in danger’, says minister”

EU leaders debate migration amid Belarus ‘state-sponsored smuggling’ – DW News

European Union leaders have spent the last two days tackling a list of mounting challenges. An uptick in migrants crossing into the EU from non-member Belarus has sparked heated debate. Some leaders want to build more walls to control migration. Others are hoping for diplomatic solutions. The situation is serious, Poland has ramped up borderContinue reading “EU leaders debate migration amid Belarus ‘state-sponsored smuggling’ – DW News”

EU considers sanctions against Belarus airline over migrant arrivals

EU foreign ministers are considering possible sanctions against Belarusia’s national airline over allegations that it is transporting migrants from Iraq in order to push them across the country’s border into the bloc. Several ministers want to stop EU-registered companies leasing aircraft to the country’s national airline Belavia. This would ban European companies from doing anyContinue reading “EU considers sanctions against Belarus airline over migrant arrivals”

Border migrant smuggling continues in Belarus – WION

Border migrant smuggling continues in Belarus. Local smugglers have said that migrants are being sent to EU via Belarus. The EU has accused Belarus of encouraging migrants from Iraq.

Belarus forces opened fire on Polish troops over border, says Warsaw

Poland’s prime minister has expressed support for the country’s border troops after they were reportedly fired on from Belarus. A spokeswoman for the Polish Border Guards said Belarusian forces fired shots at Poland’s troops across the eastern border on Thursday. Anna Michalska stated no one was hurt and that blank ammunition was most probably used.Continue reading “Belarus forces opened fire on Polish troops over border, says Warsaw”

Four migrants stuck on Poland-Belarus border die of hypothermia and exhaustion

Minsk accused of abandoning migrants at frontier in attempt to put pressure on EU Four people stranded on the border between Poland and Belarus have died in recent days, officials have said, amid continuing allegations that Minsk is abandoning migrants at its frontier in an attempt to put pressure on the EU. Polish authorities said three people,Continue reading “Four migrants stuck on Poland-Belarus border die of hypothermia and exhaustion”

Germany warns of lost U.S. trust as France wins EU support

France, Germany complain about erosion of trust EU-U.S. technology talks hang in the balance EU-Australia free-trade negotiations also at risk Germany joined France on Tuesday in berating the United States for negotiating a security pact in secret with Australia and Britain that cost Paris a lucrative defence deal, while the EU’s top official said suchContinue reading “Germany warns of lost U.S. trust as France wins EU support”

Poland weighs declaring state of emergency on Belarus border amid migrant surge

Poland moved on Tuesday towards declaring a state of emergency in two regions on its border with Belarus after hundreds of illegal migrants crossed into its territory this month. The government formally asked President Andrzej Duda to impose the state of emergency for 30 days in parts of the Podlaskie and Lubelskie regions. It wasContinue reading “Poland weighs declaring state of emergency on Belarus border amid migrant surge”

Poland to build Belarus border fence after migrant influx

Poland has said it will build a fence on its border with Belarus to curb an influx of migrants it has accused the Belarusian government of driving. Poland and fellow EU states Lithuania and Latvia have seen sharp increases in migrants from the Middle East and Asia. They say many of the migrants are beingContinue reading “Poland to build Belarus border fence after migrant influx”

EU condemns Belarus for ‘direct attack’ using migrants

The European Union on Wednesday condemned what it called Belarus’s “aggressive behavior” in organizing illegal border crossings with migrants into Latvia, Lithuania and Poland with the aim of destabilizing the 27-nation bloc. So far this year, more than 4,100 asylum-seekers, most of them from Iraq, have illegally crossed from Belarus into Lithuania. That’s 50 timesContinue reading “EU condemns Belarus for ‘direct attack’ using migrants”

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