The number of detained undocumented migrants in Lithuania after crossing from Belarus has increased to 397, including six Iraqi nationals stopped on Thursday.
In comparison, 81 people were detained in 2020, 46 in 2019, and 104 in 2018.
Previously, Lithuanian Interior Minister Agnė Bilotaitė said allowing irregular migration was a conscious policy pursued by the Minsk regime against Lithuania, calling it a “hybrid war”.
In response to the international uproar over the forced diversion of a passenger plane in Minsk, Alexander Lukashenko said Belarus would no longer stop “drugs and migrants” entering the EU.
Lithuanian officials then said Belarusian officers are complicit in facilitating irregular migration.