The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrel, said during a press conference that the council is ready to consider new sanctions against Minsk in response to the increased migration flow through the territory of Belarus to Lithuania and Poland.
“We call on the Belarusian authorities to fulfill their obligations, to control migration flows, documents of air passengers. We have already taken a number of restrictive measures and are ready to take new sanctions measures in response to the use of migration as a tool of pressure,” he said.
In his opinion, the EU may also consider additional economic measures against Belarus.
Borrel stressed that the community records an increase in the migration flow from Asian and African countries through the territory of Belarus not only to Lithuania but also to Poland.
Earlier, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis called on the European Union to introduce the fifth package of sanctions against Belarus, accusing Minsk of delivering migrants to the Baltic Republic.
Since the beginning of the year, 1,676 illegal migrants from Asia who entered the republic through the border with Belarus have been detained in Lithuania. This is 20 times more than in previous years. The European Union has announced that it will send additional forces to Lithuania to strengthen control over the country’s border with Belarus.