Lithuania has turned to EU border officers to help guard the border with Belarus amid a growing scale of irregular migration, Rustamas Liubajevas, chief of the State Border Guard Service (VSAT), told reporters on Friday.
"Today and last week, we had active discussions with the European border and coastguard agency Frontex on possibilities to deploy EU border officers on the Lithuanian-Belarusian border," he said.
EU officers are scheduled to start their work on the border with Belarus on July 1. The Lithuanian military may also be asked to assist, according to Liubajevas.
"Forces are now being actively deployed to the border sections of the Lithuanian–Belarusian border where the majority of violations are happening,” he said. “In this case, we are speaking about the State Border Guard Service's reserve. [...] We are also holding active discussions and planning to get the military involved at the right time.”
Lithuania's Public Security Service and members of the Lithuanian Riflemen's Union are now assisting the border guards.