About: hybrid war

Iraq says almost 4,000 repatriated from Belarus borders

Baghdad has repatriated almost 4,000 of its citizens stuck on the Belarus borders with European Union members Poland, Lithuania and Latvia in recent weeks, Iraq's foreign minister said Sunday (16 January).

Migrants camped in Belarus warehouse still hope to get to EU

Sleeping on mattresses in a Belarusian warehouse, hundreds of Middle Eastern migrants are still clinging to the hope of a future in western Europe as the year draws to a close.
Europe's East 21-12-2021

Lithuania says migrant numbers from Belarus could soon increase

Lithuanian Interior Ministry said Belarus authorities have ordered migrants to be cleared from a warehouse near the Polish border and from Minsk, which could lead to renewed attempts to push the migrants in large numbers into the European Union.
Europe's East 15-12-2021

EU tries to salvage Eastern Partnership ties under Russian threat

EU leaders will try to rescue their outreach to five former Soviet republics of eastern Europe on Wednesday (15 December), all of them would-be partners undermined by Russian meddling and regional strife.
Europe's East 08-12-2021

Belarus to ban Western food imports from January

Belarus said Tuesday (7 December) it was imposing a ban on imports of foods from a number of Western countries after the United States and Europe widened sanctions on Minsk amid a severe crisis in ties.
Global Europe 03-12-2021

US, allies ratchet up the economic pressure against Belarus

The United States and its allies, including the European Union, on Thursday (2 December) imposed sanctions against dozens of individuals and entities in Belarus in a coordinated move to escalate punitive action against President Alexander Lukashenko and his government.
Europe's East 02-12-2021

EU members agree more sanctions against Belarus targets

EU diplomats agreed Wednesday (1 December) to add 28 individuals and bodies to its Belarus sanctions list in response to the alleged channelling of migrants to the bloc's borders.
Global Europe 19-11-2021

One Belarus border camp cleared as Iraqis fly home

A makeshift migrant camp on Belarus' border with Poland has been cleared, Minsk said Thursday (18 November), as hundreds of Iraqis who failed to make the crossing to enter the European Union returned home.
Europe's East 19-11-2021

In wrinkle to Merkel, Morawiecki warns against direct talks with Lukashenko

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Thursday (18 November) cautioned against holding direct talks with Belarus on the unprecedented migrant crisis along Poland's border, saying it would "legitimise" the regime.
Global Europe 18-11-2021

Polish PM scolds Germany on Nord Stream 2 as Warsaw ‘defends EU border’

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Germany should stop the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Europe if it wants to work for peace, linking the project to his country's handling of migrants on the Belarus border.
Europe's East 18-11-2021

Belarus and EU to hold talks on migrant crisis

Belarus said Wednesday (17 November) that President Alexander Lukashenko and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed in a telephone call that Minsk and the EU should discuss the migrant crisis on the Belarusian-Polish border.
16-11-2021

In rare phone call, Merkel and Lukashenko discuss help for refugees

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Belarus' leader Alexander Lukashenko held a phone call on Monday (15 November) to discuss humanitarian aid for refugees and migrants stranded at the EU-Belarus border, a German government spokesperson said.
Global Europe 15-11-2021

Iraq to start repatriating citizens from Belarus on ‘voluntary’ basis

The Iraqi government said it was organising a repatriation flight this Thursday (18 November) for its citizens stuck on the Poland-Belarus border on a "voluntary" basis.
Energy 12-11-2021

Lukashenko ‘bluffing’ on EU gas threat: Belarus opposition leader

Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya on Thursday (11 November) said strongman Alexander Lukashenko would not follow through on threats to cut off gas supplies to Europe over an escalating conflict with the EU.
Global Europe 12-11-2021

Russia, West trade barbs at UN over Belarus migrant crisis

Russia traded barbs with Western members of the UN Security Council on Thursday (11 November) over a crisis on the border between Belarus and Poland, with Russia's deputy UN envoy suggesting his European colleagues have "masochist inclinations."
Global Europe 11-11-2021

Neighbours of Belarus say migrant crisis risks military clash

Countries bordering Belarus expressed concern on Thursday (11 November) that a crisis over growing numbers of migrants trying to break through its frontiers into the European Union could escalate into a military confrontation. Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia condemned “the deliberate...
Europe's East 11-11-2021

EU considers sanctions on Minsk airport over migrant crisis

The European Union is considering imposing sanctions on Belarus' main airport in a bid to make it more difficult for airlines to bring in migrants and exacerbate a crisis on the bloc's borders, two diplomats said on Thursday (11 November).
Global Europe 11-11-2021

Michel, von der Leyen on diplomatic offensive as crisis mounts on Belarus-Poland border

European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen met on Wednesday (10 November) with US President Joe Biden while Council President Charles Michel was on Poland to express “full solidarity” with the country suffering a hybrid attack from Belarus.
Global Europe 10-11-2021

Russia blames EU for looming migrant ‘catastrophe’, sends bombers to fly over Belarus

Russia blamed the EU for the migrant crisis on the border between Belarus and Poland, accusing it of trying to "strangle" Belarus with plans to close part of the frontier and urging it to talk directly with Minsk.
Europe's East 10-11-2021

EU close to deal on new round of Belarus sanctions, diplomats say

The European Union is close to imposing more sanctions on Belarus, targeting some 30 individuals and entities including the foreign minister and Belarusian airline Belavia, with approval as early as next week, three EU diplomats said.
Global Europe 10-11-2021

Polish PM accuses Putin of masterminding Belarus migrant attack

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Tuesday (9 November) accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of orchestrating a wave of migrants trying to illegally enter Poland from Belarus, saying the "attack" threatens to destabilise the European Union.
Europe's East 20-10-2021

Hit by migrant flow from Belarus, Germany seeks Polish help

Germany has suggested increasing joint patrols along its border with Poland in response to increasing numbers of migrants arriving via Belarus, according to a letter seen by AFP on Tuesday (19 October).
Europe's East 19-10-2021

EU weighs further sanctions on Belarus over illegal migrants

European Union foreign ministers debated new economic sanctions on Belarus on Monday (18 October), including on airlines, to halt what Brussels says is a deliberate policy by Minsk to fly in thousands of migrants and send them across the border.
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.