EU to impose sanctions against Belarusian regime over migrants

The European Union will continue to fight against the hybrid attack of the Belarusian regime and intends to introduce new sanctions against the migrants on the border of Belarus with the EU countries.


A two-day summit of the European Union ended on October 22 in Brussels. It was attended by the heads of government of 27 countries.

On the first day of the summit, Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel told journalists that the issue of migration had become even more urgent for Poland, Lithuania, and Germany due to Lukashenka’s hybrid actions. She also said she was discussing economic sanctions that the European Union could introduce to “clearly show that we condemn this type of human trafficking.”

Head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen also said that the EU would continue to put pressure on Lukashenka’s regime, noting that Belarus is opening new migration routes and proposes to cancel visas for some countries.

The EU, in turn, will contact the third countries to limit state-sponsored human trafficking.

“In Latvia, in the Baltic States, we now see a hybrid attack from Belarus. It is merciless and ceaseless. Belarus brings people from third countries to its territory, and these people are encouraged and pushed across the border into Europe. This behavior is unacceptable. As a democracy, we are obliged to protect our borders,” stressed Latvian Prime Minister Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš at the summit.

In addition to the migration crisis in Belarus, the summit participants discussed the issue of a sharp increase in energy prices, particularly for natural gas, as well as digital technology.