The humanitarian crisis caused by the authoritarian leader of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on the country’s borders must be urgently addressed with the involvement of international organizations, MEP Ivars Ijabs (Latvia’s Development / Renew Europe) said at a plenary session of the European Parliament (EP).
Ijabs emphasized that there was an artificial migration crisis on the border with Belarus, in fact the use of a new weapon against the European Union (EU). The politician noted that although Lukashenko wanted to divide Europe, he would not succeed.
Ijabs pointed out that the security of our borders is a common European issue. In his opinion, what is currently happening on the Polish-Latvian-Lithuanian border will resonate elsewhere in Europe. The MEP emphasized that this also required joint investment in border security.
Ivars Ijabs also pointed out that European asylum legislation must be adapted to such hybrid attacks without compromising common values, such as claiming asylum without prior border crossing, no matter how, but also outside the EU.
“We must respond in a timely manner to such attempts to use migration as a weapon and people as tools in the geopolitical games of dictatorships,” said Ivars Ijabs.
LETA has already written that in the last months of the Lukashenko regime’s expanded hybrid attack, efforts have been made to send thousands of illegal immigrants from Belarus to Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, most of whom have arrived in Belarus as tourists from Iraq.
The EU has accused the Minsk regime of seeking to avenge support for the Belarusian opposition and of sanctions against Belarus in response to last year’s violent crackdown on protests.