The European Union will send additional forces to Lithuania to strengthen control over the country’s border with Belarus. Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said this on Twitter after a conversation with the head of the EU’s external border control agency (Frontex) Fabrice Leggeri.
“Today I discussed with the head of Frontex Fabrice Leggeri additional forces that will be deployed to strengthen border control and manage the flow of illegal migrants across Lithuania’s eastern border,” Nausseda wrote.
According to him, the EU will send additional armed patrols, interpreters, as well as personnel to deal with migrants and helicopters.
Earlier, Frontex stated that “the agency will significantly increase its support” to the country “due to increasing migration pressure on the Lithuanian border with Belarus. In particular, next week it will more than double the number of patrol and patrol cars, as well as will send experts there to help the national authorities in collecting data on illegal border crossings and support the exchange of operational information.
Previously, Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Shimonite announced that the country would build a wall on the border with Belarus to curb migration. She then stated that the wall would be equipped with barbed wire.