Published On: Thu, Aug 19th, 2021
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EU Holds Illegal Immigrant Talks, Accuses Belarus of ‘Hybrid Warfare’on August 19, 2021 at 8:33 am

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BRUSSELS—European Union ministers are holding emergency talks on Wednesday in response to allegations that Belarus is deliberately sending illegal immigrants to Lithuania as part of a “hybrid warfare” campaign to destabilize the Baltic EU member country. The ministers are holding a videoconference in a so-called “integrated political crisis response” format. Such meetings are usually called to organize a response to natural disasters or terror attacks. Foreign policy, border, asylum, and law enforcement officials are taking part. Movements of people across the border have spiked dramatically since the EU imposed sanctions on Belarus officials. The measures were imposed after President Alexander Lukashenko ordered a crackdown on opponents and protesters after claiming victory in a vote last year that the West denounced as rigged. His main election challenger fled to Lithuania. The aim of Wednesday’s meeting “is to determine concrete measures and forms of assistance to the affected states in managing and …

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