Latvia must prepare for worst case scenario in regards to flow of illegal immigrants from Belarus - Kols

  • 2021-07-19
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Seeing the current flow of illegal immigrants from Belarus to Lithuania, Latvia must also prepare for the worst-case scenario that some of these people may be diverted to the Latvian border, the chairman of the Saeima Foreign Affairs Committee Rihards Kols (National Alliance) told TV3 this morning.

Kols noted that it is not known at this time exactly how many illegal migrants from the Middle East there are in Belarus, but it is known they arrive to Belarus by plane and also possibly from Russia.

The Latvian politician assessed that, in general, this is in fact human trafficking organized by the ruling regime in Belarus, which is being used as a kind of weapon against Europe.

Kols also stressed that the support of the international community for the people of Belarus in its demands for change has not diminished.

He is convinced that the actions of the Alexander Lukashenko regime will continue to be followed by a reaction from Europe in the form of sanctions, and that the possibilities for sanctions have not been exhausted. However, the politician acknowledged that all sanctions are reciprocal.