There was a shooting at the Belarusian-Lithuanian border. This is evidenced by the video, published in Telegram channel BelTA on July 21.
The footage, filmed on the night of July 19, shows a group of people ducking and running through the checkpoint in the direction of Belarus.
“It was on this night that Lithuanian authorities drove a group of migrants from Iraq into our country,” reads the report.
At the same time, the recording shows popping sounds similar to gunshots.
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko commented on the incident at a meeting on foreign policy priorities. A video of his speech was published on the BelTA portal.
“They took them to the Belarusian-Lithuanian border, put them in front, just like the fascists, remember, they took civilians and sent them in front of them. That’s exactly how they lined up these 26 people and drove them across the border, firing over their heads. They beat them, some of them are in hospital now,” stressed the Belarusian leader.
July 19, Lukashenko said that there were criminal groups in Lithuania involved in illegal migration. The President pointed out that Lithuania should “start with itself” in the fight against illegal migration. He also stressed that it’s at least strange for Vilnius to demand from Belarus protection from illegal immigrants, since sanctions were previously imposed against the Republic, aimed at “suffocating” the country and its people.
On the same day, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis urged citizens of the Middle East and Asia to seek legal ways to enter Europe rather than use the services of dubious intermediaries.
July 12, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said that the Council of the European Union is ready to consider new sanctions against Minsk in response to the increased flow of migrants through Belarus to Lithuania.
Prior to that, Lithuania urged the EU to impose new sanctions against Belarus and accused Minsk of having organized illegal trafficking of migrants from Asia into the country. Then Vilnius reported that the number of illegal migrants arriving in Lithuania through the Belarusian territory increased 22 times.
On July 11, it became known that the EU Agency for External Borders Control Frontex would send helicopters to monitor the border with Belarus from the air. In addition, it was reported that additional armed patrols, interpreters and personnel to work with migrants will be sent to the republic. On July 9, Lithuania began installing a wall on the border with Belarus in order to curb migration processes.
At the same time on July 2 Lithuanian authorities announced an extreme situation at the state level because of the influx of illegal migrants from the territory of Belarus.