EU to discuss migrant stream from Belarus to Lithuania at crisis meeting

by Reuters
Friday, 6 August 2021 14:14 GMT

BRUSSELS, Aug 6 (Reuters) - European Union home affairs ministers will discuss a surge of illegal border crossings from Belarus to EU member state Lithuania at an extraordinary meeting on Aug 18, the Slovenian EU presidency said on Friday.

The European Union summoned the Belarusian envoy in Brussels on Wednesday and held talks with the Iraqi government after accusing Belarus of using illegal migrants, largely Iraqis, as a political weapon against EU sanctions imposed on Minsk.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell and other EU officials have also sought a solution with the Iraqi government which could include a suspension of flights from Baghdad to Minsk. (Reporting by Reporting by Francesco Guarascio, writing by Sabine Siebold)

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