2021.09.01 09:42

Cyprus and Malta send aid to Lithuania amid migration influx

BNS2021.09.01 09:42

Cyprus and Malta have decided to send humanitarian assistance to Lithuania, which is grappling with an influx of irregular migrants entering from Belarus, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.

The government of Cyprus decided to donate 20,000 euros in humanitarian support to Lithuania. Meanwhile, the country received a shipment of sleeping bags and pillows from Malta on Tuesday.

“Each shipment of aid constitutes a sign of solidarity with Lithuania. The basic items required for migrants, which are being sent, help ensure the minimum accommodation standards for these people. I thank our partners for sending aid, each shipment is important for us,” Interior Minister Agnė Bilotaitė said in a press release.

Over 4,100 migrants have crossed into Lithuania from Belarus so far this year. Vilnius has accused the Minsk regime of orchestrating the unprecedented migration influx, calling it a “hybrid attack”.

Lithuania has already received expert-level assistance, equipment, modular units, concertina razor wire from Austria, Estonia, Poland, Slovenia and Ukraine.

Moreover, officers delegated by Austria, Estonia, Poland and Slovenia have joined Lithuanian border guards at the country’s border with Belarus.

Under the EU's civil protection mechanism, Lithuania has received humanitarian aid from 17 countries in the form of tents and modular units, beds, blankets, furniture, electric generators, heaters and other items needed to house migrants.

Meanwhile, Frontex, Europol and the European Asylum Support Office have sent officers, interpreters, border surveillance specialists, social workers, etc. to Lithuania.

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