Other countries face threats from Belarus. He allegedly wants to use military action to take what he thinks belongs to him. Belarus claims that it has every right to transport its goods through the country. He wants to transport it through Lithuania, but Lithuania does not agree.
According to the Kyiv Independent newspaper, Belarus has decided to move to another country. This time he is threatening Lithuania, arguing that he has every right to transport goods through the country. He says he wants to “break through a corridor” through its territory.
Pavel Muravejko, First Deputy State Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus, made the claim. But similar words were heard from him earlier. “Logically, we have reasons to use force to break through a vital corridor for us,” he said in late October.
However, the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is strongly opposed to Muravejk’s plans and warns that his claims could mean an “open threat” to Lithuania. He demands that Minsk make an official statement on the situation.
Due to growing tension in relations with Belarus, Lithuania has decided to strengthen border controls, according to the DPA agency. The Lithuanian Border Guard wants to recruit at least 450 new members in the next two years. It currently has approximately 4,300.
The strengthening has already begun after Belarus, along with Poland and Latvia, has been accused since 2021 of deliberately bringing migrants to their borders to stoke political tensions. Border forces are expected to strengthen in the coming years.
MEPs do not want Russia and Belarus at the Olympics in Paris. They wrote a petition (09/2023):