Lithuanian border guards detained 150 illegal migrants over the past 24 hours, which was the highest number on record that exceeded previous record numbers nearly threefold.
Faced with an influx of migrants, Lithuania has been recently beefing up protection of the Lithuanian-Belarusian border.
The Lithuanian foreign minister stressed that he had raised the issue of illegal migration at the latest meeting of the EU Foreign Council as well as in bilateral meetings with foreign ministers of Greece, Iraq, Turkey and other countries. He also mentioned visits to Iraq and Turkey planned in the near future.
In recent weeks, Lithuania has faced an influx of migrants who cross into the country illegally from Belarus, allegedly with the help of that country’s services, which is seen as a revenge of Belarusian authoritarian president Lukashenko for Lithuania’s efforts to convince Europe to put more pressure on the Minsk regime over human rights violations.