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The President to the EU leaders: together we will tackle the challenge of irregular migration on the EU-Belarus external border

2021-08-02

President Gitanas Nausėda and Prime Minister Janez Janša of Slovenia, currently holding the Presidency of the Council of the EU, wrote a letter, addressed to other EU leaders to draw their attention to the growing tensions and malicious actions of the Belarus regime on the EU/Lithuania-Belarus border.

The joint letter of the President of Lithuania and the Prime Minister of Slovenia highlights the migratory pressure on the external EU-Belarus border as a hybrid attack sponsored by the Belarus regime, when irregular migration is used in retaliation for the EU’s support for the Belarus civil society, opposition, and democratic processes, as well as to EU sanctions against Lukashenko’s regime. It is stressed that Lithuania-Belarus border had been illegally crossed by over three thousand migrants since the beginning of this year.

“Protection of the EU’s external border remains our common responsibility as it contributes to safety and security across the whole Union. We therefore wish to take this opportunity to reiterate a plea for additional urgent assistance to the Lithuanian authorities that are facing difficult circumstances,” the letter states.

The letter contains a request for the necessary assistance to Lithuania, especially for border protection: physical barrier and monitoring equipment. The EU member states are invited to contribute with this equipment and help Lithuania address this unprecedented migratory crisis along the EU-Belarus border.

The President‘s Communication Group

Last updated 2021.08.02 10:15

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