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Politics 24-09-2021

EU to Poland: protect human lives, allow Frontex to Belarus border

The EU executive asked Warsaw on Friday to allow Frontex staff on the Polish-Belarusian border where four migrants died while trying to cross into Europe amid an increase in irregular immigration the bloc blames on Minsk for orchestrating.
Eastern Europe 24-09-2021

Fifth migrant dies on Poland-Belarus border

An Iraqi migrant has died in Poland after being found near the border with Belarus, bringing to five the death toll this week on this eastern EU frontier.
Global Europe 10-09-2021

Lithuania pushes back Afghan migrants despite European Court stand

Lithuania on Thursday (9 September) pushed five Afghan migrants back to Belarus shortly after they had crossed the border despite the European Court of Human Rights earlier saying they should be allowed to stay.
Europe's East 07-09-2021

West cries foul as Belarus protest leader Kolesnikova sentenced to 11 years

Maria Kolesnikova, one of the leaders of mass street protests against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko last year, was sentenced on Monday (6 September) to 11 years in prison, leading to an outcry from Western countries.
Global Europe 03-09-2021

Poland, Latvia worry over Russia’s war games on tense EU-Belarus border

Poland and Latvia expressed concern on Thursday (2 September) over Russia's looming military drills held jointly on Belarus' western border where the European Union accuses Minsk of pushing migrants over to put pressure on the bloc.
Elections 30-08-2021

Losing steam, Polish government plays immigration card

As it loses steam in the polls, Poland's right-wing populist government is playing the anti-immigration card that helped it win in 2015, hoping to take back the political initiative, analysts said.
Global Europe 26-08-2021

Europe’s rights court tells Poland, Latvia to aid migrants stuck on Belarus border

The European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday (25 August) told Poland and Latvia to provide aid and care for dozens of Afghan and Iraqi migrants stranded on the border with Belarus.
Europe's East 25-08-2021

UN refugee agency presses Poland to help migrants on Belarus border

The UN refugee agency UNHCR and rights groups urged Poland to offer medical and legal support and shelter to migrants camping on the border with Belarus, a day after Warsaw said it would build a fence to prevent migrants crossing.
Europe's East 24-08-2021

Poland to build fence, double troop numbers on Belarus border

Poland will build a fence along its border with Belarus and double the number of troops there, the defence minister said on Monday (23 August), to halt a flow of migrants the European Union says is being driven by Minsk in retaliation for EU sanctions.

Lithuania says will complete Belarus border fence by 2022

Lithuania said on Monday (23 August) it would complete a 508-km (315-mile) fence along its border with Belarus by September 2022 to stop migrants it says are crossing in record numbers orchestrated by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.

Between Belarus and Afghanistan, an EU dispute is looming over migration

EU member states, nervous about a replay of Europe's 2015-16 migration crisis and a surge of Afghan migrants, agreed on Wednesday (18 August) they need to strengthen their external borders.
Europe's East 19-08-2021

Poland sends troops to Belarus border as migrant numbers surge

Poland has sent more than 900 troops to help secure its border with Belarus, its defence minister said on Wednesday (18 August), after a surge in illegal border crossings.
Europe's East 18-08-2021

Lithuania accuses Belarus of border violations

A dozen Belarusian officers in riot gear illegally crossed into Lithuanian territory on Tuesday (17 August) while pushing a group of Iraqi migrants over the border, Lithuania's border guard service said.
Europe's East 12-08-2021

370 Iraqi would-be migrants to EU flown home from Belarus

Iraq has repatriated 370 of its nationals from the Belarus border with Lithuania, a government source said Wednesday (11 August), after accusations that Minsk has been encouraging unauthorised arrivals of migrants to the EU.
Global Europe 12-08-2021

Latvia starts pushing back migrants at tense Belarus border

Latvian border guards turned back dozens of migrants into Belarus overnight under a new state of emergency designed to stem a flow of arrivals the European Union says is orchestrated by Minsk.
Global Europe 12-08-2021

Belarus tells US to cut embassy staff in row over sanctions

Belarus has told the United States to reduce its embassy staff in Minsk and revoked its consent to the appointment of Julie Fisher as the ambassador in response to the latest sanctions by Washington, the Foreign Ministry said.
Europe's East 11-08-2021

Latvia, Lithuania take emergency action over Belarus border

Latvia on Tuesday (10 August) declared a local state of emergency along its border with Belarus, as Lithuanian lawmakers approved the construction of a fence to stem an influx of illegal migrants.
Europe's East 10-08-2021

EU sees ‘significant decrease’ in Lithuania arrivals

The European Union on Tuesday said there had been a "significant decrease" in migrants crossing the border from Belarus into Lithuania after Iraq halted flights to Minsk.
Global Europe 10-08-2021

Biden administration takes fresh action against Belarus’ Lukashenko

US President Joe Biden signed an executive order imposing new measures aimed at punishing Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko as the United States steps up pressure against his government in coordinated action with the United Kingdom and Canada.
Europe's East 09-08-2021

Defiant Lukashenko says Belarusian Olympic defector was ‘manipulated’

President Alexander Lukashenko said on Monday a Belarusian sprinter who defected at the Olympic Games in Tokyo had been "manipulated" by outside forces and would not have fled abroad otherwise.
Europe's East 09-08-2021

EU calls meeting on Belarus border crisis

European Union ministers are to hold crisis talks on what they see as a bid by Belarus to pressure Lithuania and the rest of the bloc by encouraging a migrant influx.
Europe's East 06-08-2021

Poland says Belarus lets migrants cross its border in ‘hybrid war’ with EU

Poland accused Belarus of sending a growing number of migrants over the border in retaliation for Warsaw's decision this week to give refuge to Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, a Belarusian athlete who refused to return home from the Tokyo Olympics.
Global Europe 05-08-2021

EU summons Belarus envoy over migrant influx

The EU diplomatic service has summoned Belarus's representative in Brussels to demand an end to the "instrumentalisation" of migrants crossing into Lithuania, a spokeswoman said on Thursday.
Europe's East 04-08-2021

Ukrainian president orders review of protection measures for Belarusians after activist’s death

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Wednesday ordered a review of the risks to Belarusians in Ukraine following the death of an activist.