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01 October 2021, 17:28

MP: EU fails to comply with agreement on readmission of migrants

Andrei Savinykh
Andrei Savinykh

GRODNO, 1 October (BelTA) - The European Union is violating the agreement on readmission of migrants without any explanation. Belarus may take a decision to suspend the agreement soon, Chairman of the Standing Commission on International Affairs of the House of Representatives Andrei Savinykh said during an offsite session of the commission in Grodno on 1 October, BelTA has learned.

The offsite session discussed the situation with migrants at the border and reviewed the international agreements signed earlier with the EU, for example, the agreement between the Republic of Belarus and the European Union on the readmission of persons staying without permission.

"We have faced an unpleasant situation. For example, the agreement on the readmission of migrants is not currently being implemented by the European Union. They have given no explanation at all," Andrei Savinykh said. He stressed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been proposing consultations on these issues for a long time. No response so far.

"We will carefully analyze the situation. We will also hear representatives of the State Border Committee and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and we will decide whether to recommend or not to the House of Representatives to support or suspend this agreement," Andrei Savinykh said. According to him, the final decision will be made in the Oval Hall in the near future.

The offsite session took place in the border checkpoint Bruzgi at the Belarusian-Polish border. The MPs were made familiar with the border crossing's infrastructure, the digital queue, the operation of the transport and logistics hub and visited a border guard station.

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