Belarus border: Lithuania wants to declare a state of emergency

In view of the worsening situation on the EU’s external border with Belarus, Lithuania wants to impose a state of emergency in the border region for one month.

Vilnius – The government of the Baltic EU country submitted a resolution to the parliament in Vilnius for approval on Tuesday. The cabinet is following a proposal by Interior Minister Agne Bilotaite.

The state of emergency should therefore apply from midnight along the border with Belarus and five kilometers inland and in the migrant shelters in Kybartai, Medininkai, Pabrade, Rukla and Vilnius. Riots broke out there on Monday – tear gas was used in a camp.

“We are monitoring what is going on on the Polish-Belarusian border, and of course that means that we can expect similar invasions and attacks,” said Bilotaite. She justifies her proposal to declare a state of emergency to respond to this by strengthening the security of the borders. The Lithuanian Interior Minister wanted to discuss the situation at the border with her German counterpart Horst Seehofer on Tuesday.

According to the Polish Ministry of Defense, larger groups of migrants had previously tried to break through the barrier on Poland’s border with Belarus.

Lithuania’s President Gitanas Nauseda announced talks with representatives of the government, the border guards, the military and the secret service for Tuesday. The state of emergency should also be discussed. (dpa)

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