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03 August 2021, 17:06

Belarus dismisses Lithuania's complaints about migrants as widespread European problem

Anatoly Glaz. An archive photo
Anatoly Glaz. An archive photo

MINSK, 3 August (BelTA) – Belarus and many European countries feel an increase in migration traffic but only Lithuania moans and demands solidarity, BelTA learned from Press Secretary of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Anatoly Glaz.

In a statement published by the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website the press secretary noted: “Migrants flee from war-devastated lands hoping to find a new cozy, warm, and most importantly safe home for themselves but they encounter police brutality, razor wire, and obvious hostility. Belarus also feels an increase in migration traffic: our border guard personnel have recently apprehended many more illegal migrants than they did before. Many European countries, including those without external borders, have also registered an increase in illegal migrants. But only Lithuania moans and demands solidarity.”

The Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs wondered whether Lithuanian authorities benefit from such a state of affairs. “In this context the fair questions the Lithuanian public asks of its government are absolutely clear for us. But behind highfalutin phrases about human rights and solidarity the European Union's high representative hides obvious facts of ‘democratic' dispersals of peaceful protests and the expulsion of migrants from Lithuania using weapons, including pregnant women and children,” the press secretary noted.

According to Anatoly Glaz, it looks like someone is trying to shift the blame and the European Union clumsily tries to exploit the situation at the Belarusian-Lithuanian border in order to demonstrate unity and solidarity.

The official said: “Over the years of independence we've repeatedly confirmed with our actions that the Belarusian border service has always practiced a responsible attitude to its international commitments and to the protection of the state border. Belarus has always been and remains open to constructive cooperation and a dialogue for resolving any difficult questions.”

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