During Monday’s meeting in Brussels, foreign ministers are to decide on sanctions against Belarus. Josep Borrell, the head of EU diplomacy, indicated before the meeting that the sanctions would cover, inter alia, airlines and travel agencies.
European Union foreign ministers will decide on Monday to extend the legal framework for sanctions against the Belarusian regime. At the meeting of EU heads of foreign ministries in Brussels, the head of EU diplomacy Josep Borrell He said the EU hopes to extend sanctions to airlines, travel agencies and other entities involved in the transport of migrants to Belarus.
Borrell also denied that the EU saw a risk of military escalation in Belarus.
On Sunday, after a telephone conversation with Belarusian Foreign Minister Uladzimir Makey, Borrell tweeted that “the current situation is unacceptable and must be stopped.” He once again called for people not to be used as weapons and for humanitarian organizations to access migrants on the Belarusian side of the border.
Since the spring, the number of attempts to illegally cross the Belarusian border with Lithuania, Latvia and Poland by migrants from the Middle East, Africa and other regions has increased sharply. The European Union and the Member States believe that this is the result of the deliberate actions of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s regime, which instrumentally uses migrants in response to previously imposed EU sanctions.
Tensions increased in the second week of November, when a large group of migrants attempted to cross the border by force. Governments say it is “the most difficult situation” since the outbreak of the border crisis.
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