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EU official: No dealing with 'desperate' Lukashenko

Sep. 28, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The European Union stands firm on its regime of sanctions against Belarus’ authoritarian president who is “pushing” migrants into the EU out of “desperation,” a senior official from the bloc said Tuesday. EU Home Affairs Commissioner...

Iraqi migrant dies near Belarus border, death toll up to 5

Sep. 24, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An Iraqi migrant died near Poland’s border with Belarus and another was hospitalized with COVID-19, Polish border guards said Friday. The death raises to five the number of fatalities among migrants who are trying to cross into European Union...

Lithuanian agency warns against use of Chinese-made phones

Sep. 22, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuanian cybersecurity experts are urging the country's government agencies to abandon the use of Chinese smartphone brands after an investigation identified security vulnerabilities and censorship concerns with certain devices. Lithuania’s...

UN agencies want access to asylum-seekers stuck at EU border

Sep. 21, 2021 13:55 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Two United Nations agencies requested access Tuesday to asylum-seekers stranded at Belarus's border with Poland and Lithuania, after four migrants were found dead in the area. The International Organization for Migration and the U.N. Refugee Agency...

Poland sending 500 more troops to protect Belarus border

Sep. 20, 2021 14:05 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland is sending 500 additional army troops and special vehicles to its border with Belarus to strengthen it against increasing migrant pressures which the government says is orchestrated by Belarus and Russia to destabilize the European Union. ...

3 migrants found dead in Poland, 9 others hospitalized

Sep. 19, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The bodies of three people who were trying to illegally cross into Poland from Belarus were found in the border region and another body of a woman was found on Belarus side, Poland's prime minister said Sunday. Premier Mateusz Morawiecki gave no...

Poland's, Lithuania's PMs discuss higher security, migration

Sep. 17, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The prime ministers of Poland and Lithuania said Friday that tighter security at their borders with Belarus was the best way to ease pressure from migrant inflows there, as they expect what they called a “hybrid attack” from Belarus to continue. ...

Putin observes war games with Belarus that worry neighbors

Sep. 13, 2021 16:23 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has observed military exercises being conducted in coordination with Belarus that have raised concerns in bordering countries. Putin on Monday attended exercises at a training ground in the Nizhny Novgorod region, 450...

Czechs pledge 530,000 euros to Lithuania for Belarus border

Sep. 07, 2021 05:44 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The Czech Republic pledged on Tuesday 530,000 euros to Lithuania to secure the its border with Belarus in the wake of thousands of migrants crossing over from the former Soviet republic. Lithuania, a European Union member country that sits on...

EU leader 'deplores' Belarus behavior amid migrant standoff

Sep. 03, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A top European Union official condemned Belarus and expressed support for Poland, Lithuania and Latvia on Friday as a state of emergency took effect in areas of eastern Poland following a surge in illegal migration. EU foreign affairs chief Josep...