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Lithuania will decide on Tuesday on whether to build a 508km fence on its border with Belarus to stop an unprecedented wave of migrants pouring into the EU’s east.
The arrivals are part of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s strategy to retaliate against EU sanctions on his government for his crackdown against pro-democratic opposition, Lithuanian officials said. Lukashenko denies the allegations.
He has threatened to stop policing the flow of drugs, guns, people and nuclear material to the EU. Lithuania, which along with neighbour Poland is sheltering dissidents fighting to unseat Lukashenko, has taken the brunt. More than 4,000 people, mainly from Iraq, have crossed into Lithuania since June, 50 times more than in all of 2020.
“Lukashenko is using migration as a weapon,” Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said at the weekend. “This is a hybrid campaign by Lukashenko against the EU and the integrity of its eastern border.”
If Vilnius approves the €152m proposal, it will add to barriers that have risen in Europe since 2015, when millions of Middle Eastern and African migrants came to the continent.
The government’s plan is to finish the construction by the end of 2022, but officials have already warned that depends on availability of construction materials.
During a visit to the Lithuanian-Belarus border, EU Migration and Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson called the situation “an act of aggression from the Lukashenko regime and not a migration crisis”. Frontex, the EU’s border agency, is also sending emergency assistance.
Latvia’s prime minister and interior minister are calling for a state of emergency to be declared on Belarus’s border after a surge of arrivals, according to the Leta news service.
Lukashenko has also threatened to stop checks on illegal nuclear material heading for the EU, saying that after thwarting as many as six smuggling attempts last year, it would be allowed to flow unhindered. He also denied directing migrants to the EU frontier.
“I didn’t send them there,” he said on Monday in Minsk. “The EU invited them.”
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