Lithuania has pledged its support to Poland in view of the worsening situation on the EU’s eastern border with Belarus.
Vilnius – Lithuania has pledged its support to Poland in view of the worsening situation on the EU’s eastern border with Belarus. “We are ready to give our neighbors all the support they need to master this challenge of illegal migration,” tweeted President Gitanas Nauseda on Monday after a phone call with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda. Lithuania, which also borders Belarus, is in “full solidarity” with Poland.
Both heads of state agreed to regularly exchange information on the situation on the border with Belarus and to coordinate measures, according to a statement from the presidential chancellery. In response to Western sanctions, the Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko announced in the spring that he would no longer stop migrants en route to the European Union. The number of irregular border crossings at the EU’s external borders with Belarus has risen sharply since then.
According to the authorities in Belarus, hundreds of migrants made their way to the border with Poland on Monday. The photos showed how people from different countries of origin carried their belongings in larger groups. From the point of view of the Polish government, the group could try to break the border near the town of Kuznica Bialostocka.
Lithuania is also stepping up its measures. “We are preparing for all possible scenarios,” said border guard chief Rustamas Liubajevas. The army of the Baltic EU and NATO country has also put the military units on duty at the border on higher alert. The armed forces announced that the reaction time for additional troops was shortened. (dpa)