Belleville News-Democrat (Sunday)

Lithuania declares emergency due to Belarus migrants


Lithuania has declared a state of emergency due to an influx of migrants in the last few days from neighborin­g Belarus, as tensions between the European Union and Belarus escalate.

Lithuania’s Interior Minister Agle Bilotaite said late Friday that the decision, proposed by the State Border Guard Service, was necessary not because of an increased threat to the country of 2.8 million people but to put a more robust system into place to handle migrants.

“It’s very important to have a legal system and instrument­s … to be able to swiftly make decisions in response to arising challenges,” Bilotaite said at a government meeting Friday evening, according to the Baltic News Service.

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