Belarus reportedly uses Syrian and Iraqi migrants against Lithuania

For several years, Turkish President RT Erdogan used the threat of releasing waves of migrants from Syria, Iraq and more generally, from all over the Middle East, to European coasts, in order to bend Brussels and the European chancelleries. . This strategy, which allowed Ankara to negotiate a compensation agreement of € 6 billion to keep these migrants on its soil. Obviously, the method has been emulated, since according to Lithuanian Interior Minister Agnė Bilotaitė, Minsk would now use a similar method to respond to European sanctions and in particular to the support given by Lithuania to Belarusian opponents in exile. But where Erdogan brandished the threat of migrants who entered Turkey without the approval of the country's authorities to largely flee the fighting in Syria, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko allegedly organized a real system to put pressure on his neighbor.

As one can easily imagine, the Syrian and Iraqi migrants present in the Turkish camps or around Baghdad do not initially consider going to Belarus. In addition, access to the country is difficult, having no border with the Middle East, neither by land nor by sea. According to the Lithuanian press, these would be directly "recruited" by Belarusian agents in Turkey and Iraq, in being offered a plane ticket to Minsk, a visa, and the promise of being able to cross to Europe via the Lithuanian border. Once in the Belarusian capital, they must then wait for a signal from the authorities which indicates the meeting place to cross the border, with the help of the Belarusian border guards.

Lithuanian Interior Minister Agne Bilotaite directly blamed Alexander Lukashenko's regime for increasing migratory pressure on the border of the two countries

For the Belarusian authorities, the country's border guards have simply been instructed not to prevent "migrants" and traffickers from crossing into Lithuania, in retaliation for the sanctions imposed by the Europeans on the regime of Alexander Lukashenko. In fact, this is obviously a major manipulation, aimed at destabilizing a member of NATO and the European Union. In addition, it is difficult to see how such a mechanism could have been implemented by Minsk without the support of other powers, such as Russia, Iran and Turkey. What's more, the operation would be financially profitable for Alexander Lukashenko himself, who would own the airline that operates charter flights from Baghdad and Istanbul, while each passenger is charged € 1500 per flight. Remember that a return flight Minsk-Istanbul is offered on average between 300 and 600 € on regular Belavia or Turkish Airlines lines.

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