RIGA - The situation at the Belarusian border is not a migrant crisis but a systematically planned and organized hybrid-attack carried out by Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko's regime, Inese Libina-Egnere, Saeima Deputy Speaker and Head of the Latvian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), said in a discussion of heads of national delegations to the PACE.
Libina-Egnere underlined that this is an attack not only on Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, but also on the European Union (EU) and the bloc's values in general, LETA was told at the Saeima press service. The Latvian lawmaker also noted that what is going on at the Belarusian border is organized crime - human trafficking, not a migration crisis.
The discussion of the heads of the national delegations to the PACE was devoted to the importance of regional cooperation in the context of hybrid threats.
Libina-Egnere indicated that in the situation of hybrid warfare, the enemies are looking for weak spots in Europe's political rhetoric, which results in spreading fear of everything that is unfamiliar. "If we are strong in our defense of democracy and human rights, it will be much more difficult to injure us. Defending democracy and universal human rights as undisputable fundamental values will strengthen our positions in international organizations and talks with allies, as well as the Latvian society's resilience to hybrid weapons - lies and misinformation," the Latvian parliamentarian said in the discussion.
Libina-Egnere is in the Polish capital Warsaw where she is attending the Warsaw Security Forum.