Published On: Fri, Jul 30th, 2021
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EU Says Sanctions an Option to Tackle Belarus People Smugglerson July 30, 2021 at 6:27 pm

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BRUSSELS—The European Union will consider sanctions against people smugglers and those involved in human trafficking to address a surge in “irregular” border crossings from Belarus, the bloc’s top diplomat on Friday said. Lithuania, an EU member state, has reported an uptick in illegal border crossings from neighboring Belarus and accused Minsk of flying in migrants from abroad and sending them over the border. “The EU will consider the possibility of restrictive measures targeted at migrants’ smugglers abusing human rights or those otherwise involved in trafficking in human beings,” Josep Borrell said in a statement on Belarus on Friday. Lithuania and the EU accused Belarus this month of using illegal immigrants as a political weapon to put pressure on the EU because of the bloc’s sanctions on Minsk. “People who have no right to stay in the EU shall be returned. In this context, the EU and its member states will …

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