EU 'stands in solidarity' with Latvia, Lithuania and Poland over Belarus

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By AP  •  Updated: 03/09/2021 - 21:47

Polish information    forces situation   migrants stuck on  with borderline  with Belarus successful  Usnarz Gorny, Poland, connected  Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021.

Polish information forces situation migrants stuck on with borderline with Belarus successful Usnarz Gorny, Poland, connected Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021.   -   Copyright  Czarek Sokolowski/The Associated Press

A apical European Union authoritative condemned Belarus and expressed enactment for Poland, Lithuania and Latvia connected Friday arsenic a authorities of exigency took effect successful areas of eastbound Poland pursuing a surge successful amerciable migration.

EU overseas affairs main Josep Borrell, speaking astatine a gathering of EU overseas ministers successful Slovenia, said that the EU’s overseas ministers “stand successful solidarity with Lithuania, Latvia and Poland and we are acceptable to instrumentality each measures to enactment them if the concern continues deteriorating.”

He besides said that they deplored that Lukashenko’s authorities has “cynically” utilized “migrants and refugees to artificially make unit connected our Eastern borders.”

“We said that erstwhile we had immoderate migrant unit connected the Spanish border, we said ‘the Spanish borderline with Morocco is simply a European border’. Now it is clip to accidental that the borders of Lithuania and Poland, connected the Eastern portion of Europe, are besides the borders of Europe,” Borrell said.

“Hybrid war”

Poland declared a authorities of exigency aft thousands of migrants from Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere tried to illegally transverse into the state from Belarus successful caller weeks.

Poland and the Baltic states reason that Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko is waging a “hybrid war” against their countries — EU nations that borderline Belarus — successful revenge for EU sanctions.

All 3 nations person reinforced their borders and Lithuania and Latvia besides declared states of exigency this summer.

Meanwhile, quality rights officials person been voicing interest astir a radical of 32 Afghans stuck for much than 3 weeks connected the Poland-Belarus border.

Polish officials said the authorities of exigency was needed to halt migration and forestall provocations pursuing a caller protestation astatine the borderline that progressive 13 activists trying to chopped a caller razor-wire barrier.

They besides cited imaginable risks linked to Russian subject exercises opening aboriginal this period that volition besides see elements successful Belarus.

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