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‘Emergency’ as thousands of migrants sent ‘deliberately’ by Lukashenko to ‘punish EU’

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Vladimir Putin complains that he cannot sleep to Belarus dictator Alexander Lukashenko

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Speaking to DW News service, reporter Konstantin Eggert warned that Belarus’s dictator Alexander Lukashenko is “deliberately” sending migrants who arrive in Belarus to the border of Lithuania in order to spark an emergency for the European Union. He explained how Mr Lukashenko is doing so in order to “punish the EU” for the sanctions placed on him and his country following the controversial Ryanair plane diversion and subsequent arrest of opposition journalist Roman Protasevich. It comes as President of the European Council Charles Michel visited Lithuania’s border with Belarus where on Monday alone over 130 migrants jumped over the fence from Belarus.

Mr Eggert said: “In the last 24-hours there were 130 plus migrants that crossed the border which is more than the whole of last year.

“This is being repeating for day’s and weeks and probably even more.

“The situation is becoming very serious.

“Charles Michel has promised today his and the EU’s help to the Lithuanian president and the government who is struggling to accomodate all those people.”

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He added: “Data from the Lithuanian border guards shows that the Lithuanian-Belarussian frontier has become completely pourous.

“People are just climbing over fence and running across the border!”

Mr Eggert explained: “Belarus suspended its participation in EU’s eastern partnership and in the EU migrant readmission agreement which obliged Belarus to take illegal migrants, crossing from his side, back.

And in a shocking revelation he added how last week Mr Lukashenko opened a “visa free regime” open to 73 counties for five days.

Vladimir Putin complains that he cannot sleep to Belarus dictator Alexander Lukashenko

He explained how this was essentially an “open house invitation to come and cross into the EU” from Belarus.

The move is being seen as a deliberate attempt by Alexander Lukashenko to destabilie the bloc.

Mr Eggert was then asked if this is a form of punishment from Mr Lukashenko’s against the the EU for the sanctions placed on him last month.

The reporter replied: “Yes he does, for the EU imposing sanctions on his regime for a Ryanair plane at the end of May and for arresting (Roman Protasevic).”


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But in a worrying analysis, he added: “What is more important… people are saying Lukashenko would not have been able to do that without a very clear nod from Valdimir Putin.

“Quite a few people here (in Lihtuania) that this is not only Lukansehnko’s war by proxy on the EU.”

“It is also the Kremlin’s.”

Charles Michel, the European Commission president visited the Lithuanian border with Belarus on Monday to offer assistance and help to the authorities dealing with the crisis.

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