Lithuania may close two more border crossings with Belarus
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Lithuanian Interior Minister Agne Bilotaite said that the country’s MIA will soon officially send a proposal to the government to close two more checkpoints on the border with Belarus.

«The Ministry of Internal Affairs will propose to close two more checkpoints. These are the border checkpoints Lavoriskes and Raigardas,» Agne Bilotaite said.

If Pryvalka-Raigardas and Katlouka-Lavoriskes are closed, there will be only two border crossings on the Belarusian-Lithuanian border:

  • Kamenny Loh — Medininkai;
  • Beniakoni — Salcininkai.

In addition, Poland’s Minister of Interior and Administration Mariusz Kaminski said that in case of a critical incident, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia would close the border with Belarus at once. 

«If it comes to a critical incident, regardless of whether it is a Polish, Lithuanian or Latvian border, we will immediately take retaliatory action. All border crossings that are open so far, both cargo and passenger, will be closed. The Lukashenko regime is getting rich on commodity transit, which passes through the territory of Belarus. All the crossings will be closed,» Kaminski said.

Bilotayte confirms that the countries have agreed on a common response in case of critical incidents.

According to her, there are 2 general criteria for such a decision:

  • Armed incident or incidents near the border of one of the countries.

“It must be one that poses a serious threat to the countries’ national security.”

  • Organized mass migrant breakthrough.

“If one of such incidents is recorded, there will be a prompt exchange of information between our services and then a decision will be taken at the level of governments,” Bilotaite said.

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