Lithuanian President Gabriel Lands Diploma at the European Union (EU) Foreign Affairs Council (EUC) in Brussels on 15 November, during which united support of EU member states for women in crisis in Lithuania, Poland and Latvia was expressed and the decision to tighten the sanctions mechanism against the Belarusian regime was organized.
“Today’s URT decision paves the way and provides a legal basis for sanctioning actors and companies involved in the transportation of illegal migrants, such as travel agencies, Belarusian airports or groundhandling companies. Major flights to Minsk airport have been suspended, but if new routes emerge and airports continue to participate in migrant transport schemes, the EU will benefit from the legal framework created today. Already today we hear about the intention to connect the new capitals with Minsk. That is why we need to create tools that I believe will be enough to use, ”said Minister G. Landsbergis.
The URT agreed to supplement the Council Decision and Regulation on restrictive measures against Belarus with criteria for the possible sanctioning regime of Alexander Lukashenko, the EU’s organizing supervisor, leading to illegal border crossings and illegal bans or the movement of restricted goods to EU Member States.
It is reported that the addition of sanctions criteria is necessary to sanction individuals and companies responsible for organizing illegal migration and smuggling.
“The actions of the Belarussian regime are increasingly predictable and unpredictable, and the use of migrants in this hybrid attack has transcended all principles of international law and humanitarian law. If we do not take decisive action now, Lukashenko’s provocations will continue and the pre-hybrid attack on the EU will only intensify. “European action must be swift and clear: stop all those trapped in Minsk and the necessary assistance at the EU-Belarus border, including repatriation, as soon as possible,” Landsberg said.
The Minister also added that Lithuania is ready to provide technical assistance to Belarus for the return of migrants to their country of origin.
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