Due to the current migration crisis in which Belarus is involved, the European Union has decided to monitor flights into its territory in an effort to prevent any further illegal movement.
According to Reuters, a spokesman for the European Union Commission said that the authorities are closely monitoring the frequency of flights to and from Belarus as well as the occupancy of aircraft.
In addition, the same order revealed that they primarily monitor air travel from only a select group of countries, including Algeria, Azerbaijan, Iran, India, Libya, Morocco, Qatar, Russia, Somalia, South Africa, Syria, Sri Lanka, Venezuela, and Yemen, TheSchengen.com reports.
These measures come after Lukashenko’s regime tried to cause unrest within the European Union by organizing flights for migrants and then pushing them to cross the border with Poland by force. In addition, the Belarusian authorities were found responsible for the ongoing migrant crisis between the Belarus-Lithuania border.
Only recently, it was reported that thousands of migrants got stuck at the Polish-Belarus border. Belarusian troops escorted about 1,000 people to the Polish border, where many of them lost their lives due to freezing temperatures.
Through the footage published by the Belarusian media, it was found that the majority of migrants who are escorted towards Western European countries were citizens of the Middle East. Moreover, the same videos show Polish border guards using tear gas to support the crowd as some were trying to get past the barricades.
Taking into account the ongoing migration crisis, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, called on the EU authorities to agree to the extension of sanctions against Belarus and airlines of other countries.
Belarus must stop putting people’s lives at risk. The exploitation of immigrants by Belarus for political purposes is unacceptable. The Belarusian authorities must understand that putting pressure on the EU in this way by exploiting migrants as a cynical tool will not help them succeed in their purposes.”
Following the President’s call, the Council of the European Union came up with an announcement. Yesterday, the Council revealed that in response to the mixed attack by the Belarusian regime, the application of the visa facilitation agreement between the European Union and Belarus will be suspended.
However, the decision will affect only members of official delegations and regional and national governments, among others, which means that ordinary citizens will continue to enjoy the same benefits they now enjoy.
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