Andrius Sytas

EU border agency to police Lithuania-Belarus frontier from next week

Jul 19 2021

DRUSKININKAI, Lithuania (Reuters) -European Union border agency Frontex will deploy 60 border guards with helicopters and vehicles to Lithuania's frontier with Belarus next week, after a surge in migrants crossing illegally, which the EU says has been orchestrated by Minsk.

Lithuania toughens Belarus border with razor wire to bar migrants

Jul 14 2021

VILNIUS Lithuania began building a 550-km (320-mile) razor wire barrier on its border with Belarus on Friday after accusing Belarusian authorities of flying in migrants from abroad to send illegally into the European Union. | Video

Lithuanian parliament votes to allow mass detention of asylum seekers

Jul 14 2021

VILNIUS (Reuters) -Lithuania's parliament on Tuesday approved the mass detention of migrants and curbed their right of appeal, a move meant to deter high numbers crossing the border with Belarus but which stirred an outcry among humanitarian groups. | Video

Lithuania, EU say Belarus using refugees as 'political weapon'

Jul 12 2021

BRUSSELS/VYDENIAI, Lithuania (Reuters) -Lithuania's foreign minister and the EU's top diplomat accused Belarus on Monday of using illegal migrants as a political weapon to put pressure on the European Union because of the bloc's sanctions on Minsk. | Video

Amid Belarus migrant row, Lithuania to open new camp for 500 people

Jul 12 2021

VYDENIAI, Lithuania (Reuters) -Lithuania said on Monday it would open a new camp to house illegal migrants coming from Belarus, amid accusations from the Baltic state that Minsk is flying in migrants from abroad to send them illegally into its neighbour.

Lithuania to propose sanctions on Belarus for flying illegal migrants to EU border

Jul 11 2021

VILNIUS Lithuania will propose on Monday expanding European Union sanctions on Belarus for sending illegal migrants across the border into the EU, its foreign affairs minister's spokeswoman told Reuters on Friday.

Spanish PM's news conference in Lithuania halted for jet take-off

Jul 08 2021

VILNIUS A news conference of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda at a Lithuanian air base was interrupted on Thursday when Spanish jets were scrambled to respond to the launch of a Russian warplane.

Lithuania says Belarus is flying in migrants, plans border barrier

Jul 07 2021

KALVIAI, Lithuania Lithuania on Wednesday accused Belarus of flying in migrants from abroad to send to the European Union and said it would build a barrier on the border and deploy troops to prevent them crossing illegally into its territory. | Video

Lithuania asks Turkey to help it identify migrants from Belarus

Jul 07 2021

VILNIUS Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said on Wednesday that he had asked his Turkish counterpart to help identify migrants coming into Lithuania from Belarus.

Estonian diplomat's detention in Russia "a set-up", Estonia says

Jul 06 2021

VILNIUS Estonia said the reported detention of one of its diplomats by Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) on Tuesday was "a set-up" and the accusations against him were "groundless".

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France's Macron changes phone in light of Pegasus case

PARIS (Reuters) -French President Emmanuel Macron has changed his mobile phone and phone number in light of the Pegasus spyware case, a presidency official said on Thursday, in one of the first concrete actions announced in relation to the scandal.