Lithuania, an EU member state, has reported an uptick in unlawful border crossings from neighbouring Belarus and accused Minsk of flying in migrants from overseas and sending them over the border.
“The EU will think about the opportunity of restrictive measures focused at migrants’ smugglers abusing human rights or these in any other case concerned in trafficking in human beings,” Josep Borrell mentioned in a press release on Belarus on Friday.
Lithuania and the EU accused Belarus this month of utilizing migrants and refugees as a political weapon to put stress on the EU due to the bloc’s sanctions on Minsk.
“People who haven’t any proper to keep within the EU shall be returned. In this context, the EU and its member states will take all vital measures in accordance with EU and worldwide regulation,” Borrell mentioned, including that the EU and its member states had already elevated help to defend the bloc’s borders.
Lithuania started constructing a 550-km (320-mile) razor wire barrier on its frontier with Belarus this month.
Brussels has imposed a collection of sanctions on Belarus since a disputed presidential election final August that was adopted by a police crackdown on avenue protests