Polish and Latvian Borders with Belarus Swarmed by Migrants

Poland and Latvia have a registered an influx of migrants crossing their borders with Belarus which they suspected was weaponized against them by President Alexander Lukashenko.

The surge of mostly Iraqi migrants from Belarus has already prompted neighboring Lithuania to secure the border and start pushing back illegal migrants.

Latvia announced it will declare a state of emergency on its own border and build a fence there to stem a flow of migrants, that it considered as “hybrid warfare.”

Poland, which reported 349 illegal immigrants since Friday said it has already asked for assistance from the EU along with Lithuania.

The Polish government also accused Belarus of sending migrants over the border in retaliation for Warsaw’s decision last week to give asylum to Belarusian athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya after she refused to return home from the Tokyo Olympics.

EU ministers said they will discuss the Belarusian border issue at a meeting on August 18 and that they are already coordinating with the Iraqi government to suspend flights to Minsk. 

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