Oct 22, 2021
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EU threatens Belarus with new sanctions due to the situation with migrants

The European Union plans to introduce new sanctions against the Belarusian authorities due to the situation with migrants, TASS reports with reference to the statement of the leaders of the EU states following the summit in Brussels.

The document says that the European Union “will urgently continue to oppose the ongoing hybrid attack from the Belarusian regime”, as it does not accept the attempts of third countries to use migrants for political purposes. In this regard, the EU intends to introduce new restrictions against individuals and legal entities.

The statement also emphasizes that the EU is calling for a return to the implementation of readmission agreements, which allows the expulsion of migrants.

At the same time, according to the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, the EC will not financially support the construction of barbed wire fences at the EU borders, which the Eastern European states insist on.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the actions of the Belarusian authorities in connection with the influx of migrants to Europe “a hybrid threat”. Speaking at a press conference following the EU summit, Merkel said that President Alexander Lukashenko “aims to use people as a political tool.”

Recall that in the summer of 2021, the flow of illegal migrants from Belarus to Lithuania and Poland increased sharply. At the same time, the president of the republic, Alexander Lukashenko, said at the end of May that his country served as a barrier to the transfer of illegal migrants, but Minsk may wonder whether it is worth continuing to restrain them against the backdrop of pressure from Western countries.

The State Secretary of the Security Council of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Volfovich then stated that Lithuania and Poland are constantly trying to expel refugees who have come to Belarus to Belarus.

In early October, the lower house of the Belarusian parliament in the first reading adopted a bill on the suspension of the readmission agreement with the European Union. The decision in the republic was explained by the impossibility of fulfilling its obligations under this document against the background of the sanctions and restrictions imposed by the EU countries.

At the end of September, it was reported that the European Commission intends to toughen the entrance for Belarusian officials in response to the migration crisis and the suspension of the readmission agreement.

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