Lithuania calls on EU to impose more sanctions on Belarus

Photo: EPA Members of the Lithuanian Police Anti-terrorist Operations Unit ARAS arrive at the refugee camp in the village of Vydeniai, Lithuania, 10 July 2021.

The European Union should consider a fifth round of sanctions on Belarus because the country's government is flying in migrants from abroad to send them illegally into the bloc, Lithuania's foreign minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said on Monday, cited by Reuters.

"When refugees are used as a political weapon ... I will talk to my colleagues in order for the European Union to have a common strategy," Landsbergis said as he arrived for a meeting with his EU counterparts, calling for more sanctions.

Lithuania began building a 550-km razor wire barrier on its border with Belarus on Friday, after accusing Belarusian authorities of sending hundreds of mainly Iraqi migrants into Lithuania.

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