European Council President Charles Michel hits back at Belarus over "illegal migration"

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By Euronews  •  Updated: 06/07/2021 - 14:36

European Council President Charles Michel and Lithuania's Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte talk  with members of the Lithuania State Border Guard connected  Tuesday.

European Council President Charles Michel and Lithuania's Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte talk with members of the Lithuania State Border Guard connected Tuesday.   -   Copyright  AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis

The President of the European Council has condemned a determination by Belarus to let amerciable migrants to transverse into the EU.

Charles Michel said that the EU "speaks with 1 voice" against Belarus during a property league successful Vilnius connected Monday.

Lithuania has declared a authorities of exigency owed to the monolithic travel of migrants arriving from neighbouring Belarus, chiefly Afghans and Iraqis.

An estimated 150 radical were arriving successful the state each day, much than had entered annually successful immoderate of the past 3 years.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko had said successful May that his state would nary longer forestall refugees from crossing its occidental borderline into Lithuania, successful effect to EU sanctions.

"Lithuanian borders are European borders," Michel tweeted connected Monday.

"The EU implemented sanctions against Belarus and keeps warring to beforehand our values. You tin number connected the EU to bring much enactment to Lithuania and its people."

Michel visited the Lithuania borderline successful Padvarionys connected Tuesday aft a acme with the country's president, Gitanas Nauseda.

"We condemn each attempts to instrumentalise amerciable migration to exert unit connected EU subordinate states," Michel added connected Twitter.

"Lithuania tin number connected our afloat enactment and solidarity done the mobilisation of Frontex, and dialog with countries progressive successful instrumentality and readmission procedures."

During his sojourn to Vilnius, The European Council president volition besides conscionable Belarusian absorption person Sviatlana Tsikhanousaya.

Michel said helium volition beryllium speaking with Iraq's president adjacent week to sermon the repatriation of Iraqi nationals.

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