2021.11.23 13:20

Lithuania does not plan to cut transport links with Belarus – PM

BNS2021.11.23 13:20

Lithuania is not considering to shut transport links with Belarus, said Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė, following suggestions that Poland might close down its border crossings with the neighbouring country.

“We are not discussing such things for the time being,” Šimonytė told reporters on Tuesday. “We do discuss with our neighbours all the decisions they are making [or] we are making. We coordinate our actions, but there is no talk of that for now.”

However, when asked if Warsaw had coordinated its intentions with Vilnius, Šimonytė noted that Poland “is sovereign enough to make these decisions on its own”.

“However, if such decisions are made, the principle of good neighbourliness would require that we at least be informed about it, because that could have consequences [for Lithuania],” she added.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Sunday that his government was ready to tighten sanctions against Belarus over the migration crisis, including closing border crossings to stop the movement of goods.

Almost 4,200 irregular migrants have crossed into Lithuania from Belarus so far this year, and over 7,300 more have been turned away by border guards.

Vilnius accuses the Minsk regime of orchestrating migrant smuggling, calling it “hybrid aggression”.

Two weeks ago, Lithuania declared a one-month state of emergency on its frontier with Belarus after thousands of migrants gathered on the Belarus side of the border with Poland and made attempts to force their way into the EU.

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