This is reported by the news agency "Pozirk" with a link to the website of the Lithuanian Parliament.
The draft law provides for additional checks of Belarusian citizens at the border in Lithuania.
In particular, Belarusians arriving on a Schengen visa will be checked for threats to public order, internal security, public health and international relations.
Border guards will make a decision "on additional surveillance of a citizen of Belarus at the second line of control at checkpoints." It is claimed that this is connected with the growth of activity of "Belarusian special services, which use their citizens in Lithuania".
On January 31, the Lithuanian government approved a proposal to extend the restrictions on Russian citizens for one more year and tighten the checks of Belarusian citizens arriving in the country.
On January 11, Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielus Landsbergis said that the State Security Department of Lithuania has an "unrealistic task" to check every citizen of Belarus who enters the country with the aim of staying there for permanent residence.
On December 4, 2023, the chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defense (KNBA)
registered in the Seimas a draft of amendments to the current legislation, which provide for limiting the issuance of the right of residence to Belarusians (with the exception of highly qualified workers), but at the same time facilitate the conditions for obtaining a national visa from humanitarian considerations. On January 8, 2024, Kaschunas stated that there are not enough votes in the Lithuanian parliament to unify the national sanctions for citizens of Belarus with the restrictions that apply to Russians.
At the end of 2023, the Seimas approved and President
signed amendments to the Law on the Legal Status of Foreigners, which, among other things, allow Belarusians who have arrived in the country through the mediation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to issue a residence permit on the basis of humanitarian reasons for not one, but three years. KNBA opposed this proposal.
The law on restrictive measures related to the order of entry and legalization in Lithuania, the purchase of real estate and other issues was adopted last year in April. At the review stage, the document was significantly softened in relation to Belarusians, most of the sanctions affected Russians.
Navseda vetoed the law and proposed to the parliament to unify sanctions for Belarusians and Russians. The Seimas rejected the veto and approved the document without the proposals of the head of state. Navseda did not change his position, but he did not bring up the question of the unification of restrictive measures at the autumn session of the parliament.
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