October 5, 2022


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Europeans in the Belarusian trap

Analysis – EU threatens Belarusian officials close to Lukashenko and airlines carrying immigrants to Minsk with sanctions.

Hundreds of immigrants tried to enter Europe near Kuznica – in western Belarus – and were repulsed by Polish soldiers. The images, which aired in Warsaw, have been looping on social media sites since Monday. They are the eleventh chapter in a long series of provocations by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. The Ryanair flight connecting the two European capitals was diverted to Minsk last May Until sanctions against the Belarusian regime are used by immigrants to put increasing pressure on Europeans.

Since last summer, pressure has been mounting in Lithuania, Poland and Latvia. Immigrants will be flown from their home countries to Minsk and then taken to the gates of the European Union. According to the commission, about 8,000 people have already crossed the Belarusian border into Lithuania (4,200), Poland (3,300) and Latvia.

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