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Parliamentary questions
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1 September 2021
Question for written answer  E-004009/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Anna Fotyga (ECR)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Lukashenka regime using migrants as a tool for hybrid warfare against EU Member States

In his attempts to stay in power at any cost and against the will of the Belarusian people, Aliaksandr Lukashenka is stooping yet further in his unacceptable behaviour, with the support of the Kremlin. After brutally repressing the Belarusian population, Lukashenka, an illegitimate president, is seeking to force the EU to enter into negotiations to end his country’s political isolation imposed after the fraudulent presidential election. The key to this is forcing neighbouring countries taking a strongly principled stance – Poland, Lithuania and Latvia – to accept the dictator’s governments. Migrants from Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan moved by the Belarusian agencies to the external borders of the European Union have become the main tool to achieve this goal.

It is a welcome development that officials in Brussels and the authorities of some Member States have learnt from the mistaken policy of 2015, when Russia used refugees as a weapon to destabilise the EU.

Expressions of solidarity, political support from Brussels and tangible assistance provided by Frontex and Member States’ agencies to Poland, Lithuania and Latvia are extremely important. It is vital to impose sanctions on all individuals and entities involved in these hostile actions.

1. Is the Commission planning to engage in dialogue with the authorities in Baghdad, drawing attention to the use of citizens of that country as a weapon in hybrid warfare against EU countries, and to help cut off smuggling routes and combat criminal groups supported by Belarusian and Russian agencies?

2. Is the Commission planning to check whether migrants apprehended by border authorities have been registered as refugees in EU-funded camps in Lebanon or Turkey?

Original language of question: PL
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