The White House has accused the Belarusian authorities of organizing the flow of migrants at the border with Lithuania, US Assistant to the President for National Security Jake Sullivan said during a telephone conversation with Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrid Shimonite.
During the conversation, the presidential aide expressed support for Lithuania, which faced “an attempt of coercion from China.” “The United States highly appreciates the principled position in Lithuania’s foreign policy on supporting democracy and human rights, including in Belarus,” the message reads.
It is also indicated that Sullivan condemned the regime of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko for organizing the flow of illegal migrants across the border.
Earlier, the Lithuanian Ambassador to the United States Audra Plepite said that the biggest threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country comes from Belarus, not from Russia. According to her, Minsk purposefully destabilizes the socio-political situation in Lithuania through hybrid attacks.
At the end of May, the EU countries began to report on the brewing migration crisis. Large groups of migrants from the Middle East and Africa began to enter the territory of Lithuania, Latvia, and Poland from Belarus. European countries have blamed Minsk for what is happening.