Lithuania: EU should give more priority to Migration

The Lithuanian-Belarusian border. Photo Ruslanas Iržikevičius i
The Lithuanian-Belarusian border. Photo Ruslanas Iržikevičius

While the migrant flow rate at the European Union’s border with Belarus is reportedly under control, the crisis is yet to be over as the bloc needs to give more attention to this area, this is what was said by Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis on Monday.

Speaking ahead of the EU Foreign Affairs Council’s meeting in Luxembourg, the Lithuanian’s top diplomat said to the public via best Australian online casinos: “Even though the situation seems under control, the flows are not diminishing. There are a number of new flights that are being opened up. We need to find the solution how to stop it in Belarus.”

“I think that we lack understanding of the priority of this issue,” he added.

The migrants are seeking entry to Belarus from Africa and the Middle East. The bloc was able to successfully negotiate with Iraq on restrictions made on flights and the same solutions will be needed in talks with the other countries involved too, according to the statement coming from Landsbergis.

“We often get distracted” with the new challenges that come up, he said, while adding that that the Eu needs to place maximum priority on its security issues in the long run.

On Monday, it was reported that the EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg will involve talks on new sanctions on Belarus and its national airline Belavia to forbid it from leasing planes from EU-registered companies.

According to an article published on Politico, Ireland remains “the EU’s hub for aircraft leasing” as some Irish firms continue to lease planes to Belavia.

Landsbergis went on to confirm that additional sanctions will be considered, however, the possible sanctions are also being talked about against other airlines that are involved in the transport of migrants to Belarus.

Speaking to the media, he said via top online casino: “We need to send a message […] that they are under the EU’s radar and that is not OK what they are doing.”

Over or almost 4,200 migrants, with most of them being Iraqi citizens, have been able to cross into Belarus and Lithuania illegally this year. While Vilnius accuses the Minsk regime of planning the unprecedented migration influx this year, declaring it as hybrid aggression.

With the aim to reduce this flow, Lithuania introduced a policy of pushing the migrants back to Belarus in August.

In other news, the first offshore wind project set to be built in Lithuania’s Baltic Sea will be comprised of wind turbines of up to 16 MW of capacity each, and a minimum of 43 units will be erected at a site 29 kilometres offshore.

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