Lithuania To Build Belarus Border Wall To Stem Migrants
Sumaira FH 20 days ago Fri 09th July 2021 | 08:11 PM
Lithuania announced on Friday it will build a border wall with Belarus to stem the flow of migrants from Africa and the Middle East arriving from the ex-Soviet country
Vilnius, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 9th Jul, 2021 ) :Lithuania announced on Friday it will build a border wall with Belarus to stem the flow of migrants from Africa and the middle East arriving from the ex-Soviet country.
"The first stage is a barbed wire fence. In the second stage we will go ahead with the construction of a physical fence," said Lithuanian interior minister Agne Bilotaite, laying out plans for a 550-kilometre-long (340 miles) border wall.
Belarus opposition head Svetlana Tikhanovskaya fled to Lithuania after claiming to have defeated strongman President Aleksander Lukashenko in the August 9, 2020 ballot, which critics insist was rigged in his favour.
The Lithuanian border guards said Friday that they had detained 37 migrants over the last 24 hours.
The Lithuanian military is currently expanding tent camps set up to accomodate the migrants.
Minsk said last month it was suspending its participation in the Eastern Partnership, an initiative to boost ties between the EU and its ex-Soviet neighbours, after Brussels imposed new sanctions over the forced landing of a European flight.
The Belarusian foreign ministry added that the suspension of the agreement would have a "negative impact" on fighting illegal migration and organised crime as Belarus shares a border with EU members Poland and Lithuania.