The migration crisis on the border with Belarus was the subject of talks between the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel. We agreed to jointly agree on further actions with the EU, said the Ukrainian leader.
The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, announced on Monday that he had talked with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, about the migration crisis at the borders with Belarus.
“We have agreed to agree on further actions with the EU. We must fight hybrid attacks together,” Zelenskiy said on his Twitter profile. The Reuters Agency pointed out that Ukraine fears that it may become another country struggling with the migration crisis.
The European Union will extend the sanctions imposed on Belarus
On Monday, the head of EU diplomacy Josep Borrell announced that the European Union will extend sanctions against Belarus in the coming days, which will hit the organizers of migrant transports.
– We agreed to extend the scope of sanctions to the Belarusian regime. From today, we will be able to sanction more people for organizing these flights with people from several countries to Belarus, and from there to the EU border. We agreed to adopt the fifth package of sanctions, which will be finalized in the coming days, he indicated.
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 emphasize that this is the result of the deliberate actions of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s regime, which instrumentally uses migrants in response to sanctions imposed on Belarus.
The state of emergency applies in the border zone with Belarus until the end of November. After its completion, the situation will be regulated by the act on the protection of the state border, as amended by the Ministry of the Interior. The head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration, Mariusz Kamiński, spoke last week about the work on the amendment to the act. – After the end of the state of emergency – which will expire at the end of the month – we will introduce an amendment to the act, which will de facto extend what is presently, but in a flexible manner, taking into account various types of comments – he announced.
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