Posts tagged as Belarus

Baltic states, Poland look east nervously at Russia, Belarus activity

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

The foreign and defence ministers of the Baltic states and Poland discussed the joint response to conventional and hybrid threats on their borders at a meeting in Latvia. The region is feeling a “security deficit” from Warsaw to Tallinn, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said in Riga on Monday. “We are facing unprecedented hybrid threats starting from hijacking civil airplanes to migrant waves being forced through our borders.” The four…

Timber merchants concerned about trade with Belarus

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Latvian timber industry has recently raised alarm that the Latvian banks are being overly cautious regarding business with Belarus and slowing down transactions, Latvian Radio reported September 14. Belarus is an important supplier of raw materials for Latvian timber industry. Kristaps Klauss, executive director of the  Latvian Forest Industry Federation  , said that, for example, last year 600 thousand cubic metres of boards were imported from Belarus. This year, volumes have…

80 migrants prevented from entering Latvia over weekend

Monday, September 13, 2021

State Border Guard deterred 80 people from crossing the Latvian-Belarusian border over the weekend, according to Border Guard’s information published September 13. On Friday, September 10, the Border Guard prevented the attempts to cross the border of 20 people, 26 on Saturday and 34 on Sunday. No people were detained for having crossed the border illegally. Since the announcement of the    state of emergency   on the Latvia-Belarus border August 10,…

Latvia-Belarus border situation can change rapidly: Foreign Ministry

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica (New Unity) told Latvian Radio September 8 that the situation with Belarus remains uncertain and can change rapidly. Kalniņa-Lukaševica said that Latvia is actively working with Iraq so that flights to Belarus are not renewed from there, and drawing the attention of other countries of potential emigration that flights to Minsk should be canceled. Belarus is targeting hybrid attacks against neighbouring…

Over 1,000 people denied entry on Latvia-Belarus border in total

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Since the announcement of the  state of emergency  on the Latvia-Belarus border August 10, the Border Guard has prevented 1,005 persons from crossing the border, according to information published September 8. On Tuesday, September 7, another 27 people’s attempts of illegally crossing the Latvian-Belarusian State border were prevented. No people were detained for having crossed the border illegally. 377 persons have been detained for illegally crossing the border this year, 295 of…

Nearly 100 migrants turned back over weekend

Monday, September 6, 2021

Another 96 people’s attempts of illegally crossing the Latvian-Belarusian State border were prevented over the weekend, according to the State Border Guard. On Friday, September 3, 43 people were denied entry to Latvia, on Saturday, September 4 the figure was 29, whereas on Sunday, September 5, there were 24 more. No people were detained for having crossed the border illegally. In total, after the  state of emergency   was announced on…

Another 18 illegal migrants captured Wednesday

Thursday, September 2, 2021

On Tuesday, August 31, the Border Guard did not allow 18 illegal migrants to cross the Latvian-Belarusian border. No persons were detained for having crossed the border illegally. In total, after the  state of emergency   was announced on August 10 in the Latvia-Belarus border area allowing the border guard to promptly deny entry and return migrants to the country of origin, 827 people have been denied entry into Latvia. The numbers…

68 people denied entry to Latvia on Belarusian border overnight

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

On Tuesday, August 24, 68 illegal migrants were deterred from crossing the Latvian-Belarusian border, according to the Border Guard. No persons were detained for having crossed the border illegally. In total, after the  state of emergency   was announced on August 10 in the Latvia-Belarus border area allowing the border guard to promptly deny entry and return migrants to the country of origin, 544 people have been denied entry into Latvia.…

No border offenders caught on Latvian-Belarusian border over weekend

Monday, August 23, 2021

On Saturday August 21 and Sunday August 22, no persons were caught trying to cross the Latvian-Belarusian border, according to the Border Guard. In total, after the  state of emergency   was announced on August 10 in the Latvia-Belarus border area allowing the border guard to promptly deny entry and return migrants to the country of origin, 476 people have been denied entry into Latvia. The peak was reached on August…

Tension on Latvia-Belarus border remains high, says Border Guard chief

Monday, August 23, 2021

Although the number of illegal migrants who have tried to enter Latvia from Belarus has decreased in recent days, tensions and risks in the border area of Belarus remain at constantly high levels, Guntis Pujāts, Chief of State Border Guard, told Latvian Television August 23. Despite the efforts of border guards to keep migrants out of Latvia, they continue to stay close to the border, Pujāts said: “We are taking deterrence measures,…