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2021.07.26 11:45

Lithuania receives humanitarian aid from Austria, Greece, Slovenia

BNS2021.07.26 11:45

Lithuania has on Monday received humanitarian aid from Austria, Greece and Slovenia as the Baltic country is grappling with an influx of irregular migrants entering from Belarus.

Interior Minister Agnė Bilotaitė says Lithuania is facing a shortage of basic items for migrant accommodation and has thanked the countries for their assistance.

"Up until now, we have used tents and other key items from the state reserve, but it is meant for the needs of our residents, if such a need emerges, therefore, we need to ensure it always has sufficient numbers of items necessary for our people. Therefore, as the inflow of migrants shows no signs of subsiding, assistance from our foreign partners is very important for us," Bilotaitė said.

The shipments from Austria, Greece and Slovenia include beds, blankets, pilots, mattresses, and generators.

Last week, Lithuania received humanitarian aid from Sweden, Croatia and Poland, and also received shipments from the Czech Republic, Estonia, and Latvia last Saturday.

A total of 2,730 of irregular migrants have entered Lithuania so far this year after crossing in from Belarus.

Vilnius officials say the Minsk regime is complicit in facilitating the crossings, calling it “hybrid aggression” against Lithuania.

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