At a meeting on February 10, the Latvian Seimas approved the decision of the government to extend the state of emergency in the areas bordering Belarus until May 10, the press service of the Latvian Parliament reports.

The Cabinet of Ministers of Latvia has decided to extend the state of emergency on the border with Belarus at a meeting on February 1.

Due to the tense situation on the Latvian-Belarusian border due to the influx of migrants, the state of emergency will be in force in Ludza, Kraslava and Augshdau regions, as well as in Daugavpils.

By May 10, the Latvian authorities intend to spend almost 3.9 million euros on border protection.

On January 8, the Lithuanian government decided not to continue the state of emergency on the border with Belarus, which has been in effect since November 9 and allowed border guards to use "psychological pressure" and "proportional physical violence" to prevent migrants from entering Lithuania.

The Prime Minister of Lithuania, however, noted that the state of emergency may be proposed again - "depending on how the situation develops."

Migrant crisis - 2021. The main thing

  • In July 2021, Alexander Lukashenko stated that due to sanctions, Belarus will no longer restrain illegal migration to the European Union.

    First of all, large flows of migrants went to Lithuania, as of September - more than 4.2 thousand people from Asia and Africa.

    Then Latvia and Poland felt tensions on their borders.

  • Responding to the crisis, Lithuania and Poland began to build a wall on the border with Belarus.

  • In the summer of 2021, the governments of Lithuania, followed by Latvia and Poland, tightened the law on illegal crossing of the state border, and sent reinforcements from military units to the border areas with Belarus.

    Lukashenko has been accused of facilitating illegal migration to the European Union.

  • In Lithuania, migrants have repeatedly rioted and fled in refugee camps.

  • In September, Polish authorities began detaining and deporting people who help migrants cross the border illegally.

    Among them are both citizens of Poland and citizens of Belarus and Asia, including some persons with a residence permit in the European Union.

  • The Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki expressed confidence that the scenario of "hybrid aggression" against the European Union was developed by Minsk not on its own, but in close cooperation with Moscow.

  • A spokesman for Poland's special services coordinator, Stanislaw Zaryn, said on September 27 that 20% of detained migrants had ties to Russia, as evidenced by the evidence found.

    Minister of Internal Affairs and Administration Mariusz Kaminski said that Belarusian border guards give migrants psychotropic drugs, including to children.

  • On September 30, the PACE strongly condemned the practice of returning migrants "to a third country where they cannot be guaranteed international protection," and reminded Latvia, Lithuania and Poland of the ban on the collective expulsion of foreigners.

  • On October 8, Warsaw stated that it interpreted the behavior of the Belarusian side as "aggressive actions against Poland."

    A number of video evidences have appeared that Belarusian border guards not only do not stop migrants, but also actively help them to cross the Polish border illegally.

  • At least 9 people have died on the borders of Belarus with Poland and Lithuania since the beginning of the migration crisis.

  • On the morning of November 8, a large convoy of several hundred migrants was spotted at the Belarusian border, escorted by armed security forces to barbed wire on the border with Poland, trying to cross the border.

    According to various estimates, their number ranged from 2 to 4 thousand people.

    Many received visas at the Belarusian diplomatic mission in Ankara, Turkish airlines are involved in transferring migrants to Belarus.

  • In the following days, the migrants, with the assistance of Belarusian security forces, set up camp on the border.

    Kurd from Iraq Rebaz Najm Hama Saeed told Svaboda that Belarusian police are helping to cut down trees for bonfires on Belarusian territory.

    Some groups managed to break into Polish territory, but the military detained all violators.

  • On November 10, MEP Radoslaw Sikorski said the border crisis was initiated with Moscow's support, and Lukashenko should be declared a terrorist and extradited to the International Tribunal.

    A number of other European politicians have also expressed confidence that Putin, with Lukashenko's help, is shaking Europe, and there have been calls for the EU to be proactive rather than wait.

  • On November 11, Russian Tu-22M3 bombers began patrolling the airspace of Belarus.

    They belong to the Russian Air Force.

  • On November 11, the German Federal Police said that in the first days of November alone, more than a thousand migrants had entered the country, using Belarus as a transit country.

  • Since August, Polish border guards have stopped more than 33,000 attempts to cross the border illegally by Belarus, up from 88 last year.

  • On November 15, more than 3,000 migrants gathered at the Belarusian border crossing Bruzgi in front of the Polish border line, fortified by temporary barriers and a line of Polish troops.

  • According to Lukashenka's spokeswoman Natalia Eismant, there are about 7,000 migrants in Belarus hoping to get to Germany.

  • On November 22, Berlin refused to receive about 2,000 people from the Middle East who arrived in Belarus after the Lukashenko regime organized a migrant crisis.

  • On November 25, migrants staged a protest at the border, saying they did not want to return to their countries.

  • About 4.5 thousand migrants left Belarus on more than ten evacuation flights to Iraq and Syria in November-December.

  • At the beginning of 2022 the terms of construction of fences on the border with Belarus became known.

    Poland noted that the fence will be completed by the end of June, and Lithuania by the fall.

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