EU agrees to slap new sanctions on Belarus as migrant crisis escalates

EU agrees to slap new sanctions on Belarus as migrant crisis escalates


The European Union agreed to ramp up pressure on Belarus Monday amid the escalating migrant crisis on the Polish and Lithuanian borders — discussing possible sanctions on airlines accused of helping the Belarusian president to wage a “hybrid attack” against the bloc.

EU foreign ministers have accused Alexander Lukashenko of funneling migrants — mostly from Iraq and Afghanistan — towards the bloc as revenge for earlier sanctions over a crackdown on election protests last year.

Anti-government demonstrations erupted in August 2020 after Lukashenko claimed a landslide win in an election that was widely condemned as rigged by the West.

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Protesters faced violent persecution by Belarusian authorities, with more than 35,000 people arrested and thousands brutally beaten by police, according to the Associated Press.

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