The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgar Rinkovic, stressed that the situation at the borders of the European Union and Belarus highlights the need to implement new changes in the Schengen border law that would help the bloc respond in an appropriate manner to any future hybrid. threats.
Rinkēvis pointed out TheSchengen.com: “Recent developments at the EU-Belarus border demonstrate the need to also work on amendments to the Schengen border law, which will enable member states to respond adequately to any future hybrid threat that exploits immigration.” reports.
Regarding the current situation at the EU-Belarus border, the minister said that more sanctions should be quickly applied to Belarus if the situation does not improve.
His comments come in the wake of developments at the EU-Belarus border, as well as the influx of migrants that Belarus’ neighboring countries are currently facing.
“With regard to Belarus, we welcome the solidarity and unity of the European Union, which, along with engagement with third countries and sanctions, has already yielded results,” the Latvian Foreign Minister noted in this regard.
Recently, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the European Union leveled accusations against the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, over the influx of migrants faced by neighboring Belarus countries. In addition, the Ministers also proposed to expand the scope of sanctions against Belarus to stop the exploitation of persons by the Belarusian authorities.
Rinkovic’s comments came during a meeting of the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, where the European Union foreign ministers held talks that raised many issues, including developments on the borders between the European Union and Belarus, relations between the European Union and Africa, Central Asia and Venezuela, as well as the security situation. in Ukraine.
The EU High Representative, Josep Borrell, also discussed the current situation on the Ukrainian border, as well as the situation on the EU’s common border with Belarus.
In this regard, Rinkovic stressed that the authorities in the European Union must respond to “Russian aggression of a military nature” with appropriate measures, including economic sanctions.
Recently, TheSchengen.com reported that French President Emmanuel Macron offered his support regarding the strengthening of the EU’s external borders. His remarks came during talks held in the Hungarian capital with leaders of the countries of the Eastern European Union.
President Macron participated in the summit held in Budapest among the members of the Visegrad 4 Group (Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia) where France will take over the EU presidency from next month.
Due to the influx of immigrants, the Slovak authorities recently announced that they plan to provide Lithuania with a detachable barrier that will help protect the outer borders of the borderless areas.