Interesting outcome of Western policy towards Eastern Europe and the Middle East is playing out before our eyes.
Almost 20 years, the Americans have invaded Iraq and made that already miserable place even worse. Then American proxies in Lithuania and Poland have attempted a failed Maidan in Belarus.
Now we see Iraqi migrants making their way to Lithuania through Belarus. Having been banned from making flights into the EU following the detention of Roman Protasevych, flights have been set up between Iraqi cities and Minsk.
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — European Union officials on Monday pledged millions of euros to help Lithuania tackle a migrant crisis that it blames on the government of neighboring Belarus and its authoritarian president, Alexander Lukashenko.
Ylva Johansson, the EU commissioner of Home Affairs, arrived in Lithuania on Sunday, a day on which a record 287 people walked into the EU territory from Belarus — more than three times as many as in all of last year.
“This is a provocation of the Lukashenko regime. We must show that there is no free access to EU territory,” Johansson said.
“Lithuania, the EU, the Schengen states must prevent illegal access to this area. That is why we, the whole EU, support Lithuania to defend our common external border with Belarus,” Johansson told reporters.
So far this year, 3,832 migrants have been detained in Lithuania. That compares with 81 in 2020. More than two-thirds are Iraqi citizens. Iraqi airlines have increased flights from Baghdad to Minsk from two to four a week and are also starting flights from Basra, Irbil and Sulaymaniyah.