European Union foreign ministers are set to expand sanctions against Belarus in order to stop the exploitation of human beings by the Belarusian regime, in the wake of the migration crisis currently faced by its neighboring country, Poland.
According to a statement by the Council of the European Union, the new amendments will allow the EU authorities to target persons and entities regulated or contribute to the activities of the regime of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko that facilitates the illegal crossing of the external borders of the European Union, Schengen Visa Info. com reports.
Today’s decision reflects the European Union’s determination to stand up to the political exploitation of migrants. We are backing away from this inhuman and illegal practice. At the same time, we continue to underscore the regime’s continued unacceptable repression against its own people at home, and we will respond accordingly,” the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, noted in this regard.
A large number of people are stranded at the border between Belarus and Poland, in freezing conditions, and denied access to other EU countries via Poland.
Recently, TheSchengen.com reported that citizens from Iraq, Syria and Yemen who plan to travel to Belarus from Turkish airports will not be allowed to do so, as the Turkish Civil Aviation Authority has suspended sales of airline tickets to these areas after this route was frequently frequented. By refugees and migrants, in their attempt to reach the European Union.
The statement published by the EU Council stressed that today’s decision follows the Council’s conclusions on October 21 and 22, in which EU leaders announced that they would not allow migrants to be used for political purposes.
During the second day of the EU leaders summit held in October in Brussels, the leaders accused Lukashenko of fomenting unrest within the EU.
The comments came after a surge in the number of refugees and migrants Poland is currently facing, with many trying to enter Poland illegally from Belarus.
Lukashenko’s opponents considered such actions as actions of the Belarusian president, who, according to them, uses immigrants in order to destabilize the bloc.
In the general debate held on November 10, EU members stressed that the EU must stand united in response to the Belarus regime, while emphasizing that such a regime is an inhumane exploitation of migrants.