The EU may impose additional sanctions on Minsk because of its role in sending migrants across the EU border, the Polish foreign minister has told PAP.
Lithuania has accused Belarus of sending hundreds of migrants across its border, saying it was a hybrid war waged by Minsk after the EU imposed sanctions on Belarus for the forced landing of a Ryanair plane in Minsk.
Zbigniew Rau, the Polish foreign minister, considers it to be a fully organised attack on EU borders.
“If the process of bringing in migrants, commercial tourists one could say, from different parts of the world will continue, then I believe that not only Poland, but all EU countries will accept the idea to impose further sanctions on Minsk,” Rau told PAP.
Rau added that it is pure business organised by the Belarusian state where its role is a huge travel agency.
The discussion on new sanctions has already begun in the EU. “So far no one has questioned the rationale for potential sanctions,” he said.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell also noted that the Belarusian regime was sending migrants to the Polish border.
According to the available data some 1,634 people have tried to cross the Lithuania-Belarus border illegally this year. The main contries illegal migrants come from are Iran, Syria, Belarus, Russia, Turkey, Sri Lanka and African countries.
Lithuania has passed decision to build a fence along its border with Belarus to resolve the problem of migrant flow.
In May Belarus forced the Ryanair flight carrying Belarusian dissident Roman Protasevich from Athens to Vilnius to land in Minsk. After landing Belarusian security forces arrested Belarusian dissident and his girlfriend.
Belarus has been gripped by months of nationwide protests against Alexander Lukashenko’s regime. Lots of people have shown their attitude towards the regime. Hundreds of demonstrators marched through the streets of Belarus. But authorities responded with violence and persecution.