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The spat between the Baltic states primarily Lithuania on one side, and Belarus on the other is “ramping up”.
Vilnius is attempting to limit the entry of electricity from Belarus’ “unsafe” nuclear power plant.
The issue here is that it’s allies – Estonia and Latvia depend on that electricity.
There is no clear reason why the power plant is “unsafe”, also the powerlines surely can’t be used to somehow transport migrants over the border.
For several months the three former Soviet Baltic states have been trying to conclude a new agreement on electricity trade with third countries.
Ultimately, it was revealed that both Estonia and Latvia are unwilling to stop electricity imports from Belarus.
The three Baltic countries have not been able to reach a mutually beneficial agreement in regard to Belarus, as well as to Russian energy imports.
This is especially true now that Lithuania has chosen to unilaterally adopt rules restricting Belarus’ electricity supply to the Baltic energy market.
Meanwhile, the border issues between Belarus and the Baltic States continue.
On September 20th, Poland sent 500 soldiers and special vehicles to the border to strengthen it against increasing migrant pressures, which the government says are being conducted by Belarus (but also Russia) to destabilize the entire EU.
Lithuania has been reinforcing its border for months, as well as building a fence to limit the illegal, “weaponized” migration.
Poland and Lithuania have said the border incidents are part of an “attack” by the regime of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk with the sole purpose of destabilizing the EU.
This is allegedly in response to sanctions by the US and the EU.
However, more than likely it is a result of the attempts to destabilize Belarus with opposition groups being controlled from the soil of these same Baltic States.
The ones suffering the most from this situation are the migrants.
Over the days leading up to September 24th, at least 4 migrants stranded between Belarus and Poland have died.
Warsaw authorities said three people, including an Iraqi man, were found dead, from hypothermia and exhaustion, while a woman’s corpse was seen on Minsk’s side.
What was initially considered a minor issue with just a few people is now being blown out of proportion and is turning into an actual crisis.
Two UN agencies – the IOM and the UN refugee agency – have also called for immediate access to the site to provide lifesaving medical help, food, water and shelter.