2021.11.25 15:14

NATO chief, EC president to visit Lithuania Sunday amid regional tensions

BNS2021.11.25 15:14

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen are to come to Lithuania this weekend.

They are scheduled to meet with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda on Sunday, the presidential office said.

Items on the agenda include the security situation in the region as well as the the migration crisis on the EU-Belarusian border.

Kristina Belikova, a spokeswoman for the president, told BNS that Stoltenberg and von der Leyen will pay a one-day visit to Lithuania on Sunday, adding that a press conference is being planned and a more detailed visit program is now being coordinated.

Almost 4,200 irregular migrants have crossed into Lithuania from Belarus so far this year and over 7,000 more have been pushed back from the border. Lithuania declared a state of emergency along its border with Belarus earlier this month.

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

Read more: Migration crisis in Baltics and Poland

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