During the conversation with A. Merkel, G. Nausėda emphasized the need to strengthen the protection of the EU’s external borders

G. Nausėda talked to A. Merkel by phone, they discussed the migration crisis on the Lithuanian-Belarusian border.

“The president noted that the actions of Belarus have led to a 19-fold increase in the number of people crossing the border illegally since 2020, and spoke about the need to strengthen the protection of the EU’s eastern border,” the report said.

„Scanpix“ / AP nuotr./Angela Merkel

According to the Presidency, the President emphasized the deteriorating migration situation at the border and informed the German Chancellor that Lithuania had already sought assistance from the European Border and Coast Guard Agency Frontex and the European Asylum Support Office.

Among other things, G.Nausėda informed that currently additional border surveillance systems are being installed, refugee reception capacities are being expanded, additional reception facilities are being installed and the aim is to speed up asylum procedures.

The Lithuanian leader and the German chancellor agreed to continue discussions on security, defense, the European Union’s agenda, and relations with the Eastern neighbors during the country’s visit to Berlin in September.

This year, a total of 1,666 illegal migrants were detained on the Lithuanian-Belarusian border. As a result, the Lithuanian government has declared an emergency situation.

Minsk claims that migrants are no longer stopped on Belarusian territory due to EU sanctions.


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