Sumary of Belarus parliament votes to suspend readmission of migrants:
- Lukashenko and his officials have described the measure as part of Belarus’ response to the EU sanctions, arguing that the nation can’t afford the costs involved in stemming the flow of migrants heading to Europe and would instead use the funds to offset the impact of EU sanctions.
- Belarus’ EU neighbors Poland and Lithuania have been struggling to cope with an unusually high number of migrants, most from Iraq and Afghanistan, arriving at their borders with Belarus in recent months.
- Poland’s influential Catholic Church appealed Monday for humanitarian assistance for the migrants.
- Speaking in the Belarusian parliament, Belarus’ Interior Minister Ivan Kubrakov described the suspension of the readmission agreement as a “temporary measure,” adding that the readmission agreement with the EU could come back into effect “after relations normalize.