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Crisis on the border with Belarus. The European Union has suspended the visa facilitation rules for officials of the Belarusian regime

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The visa facilitation agreement between the European Union and Belarus has been partially suspended. The decision made by the EU Member States concerns the provisions on facilitations for officials of the Belarusian administration. This is a response to the ongoing hybrid attack carried out by Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s regime.

The decision was made on Tuesday by the member states as part of the Council of the European Union. It partially suspends the application of the EU-Belarus visa facilitation agreement. The suspension includes provisions lifting the documentary evidence requirements, governing the issuing of multiple-entry visas and lowering visa application fees for officials of the Belarusian regime.

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This decision will not affect ordinary Belarusian citizens who will continue to enjoy the same facilities under the visa facilitation agreement as they do today.

Attempts to cross the border illegally

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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 EU and its member states believe that this is the result of the deliberate actions of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s regime, which instrumentally uses migrants in response to sanctions.

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The state of emergency at the border with Belarus

From September 2, due to the migratory pressure in 183 localities in the province. Podlasie and Lubelskie, adjacent to the border with Belarus, a state of emergency is in force. A dam is to be built on the border with Belarus in the first half of 2022.

When reporting on the events at the border, the media can use almost exclusively official government recordings and information. Journalists have no access to the area under the state of emergency.

Main photo source: Alexandros Michailidis / Shutterstock.com



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