Trucks with Polish humanitarian aid to Lithuania arrive in the vicinity of the Vilnius airport to help with the migration crisis | Photo:EPA/VALDEMAR DOVEIKO
Trucks with Polish humanitarian aid to Lithuania arrive in the vicinity of the Vilnius airport to help with the migration crisis | Photo:EPA/VALDEMAR DOVEIKO

Some countries have sent aid such as tents, beds and generators to Lithuania, which asked for support following the increase in arrivals of migrants and asylum seekers through the border with Belarus.

Following a request for assistance from Lithuania, the European Commission is helping European countries send support through the European Civil Protection Mechanism, according to a statement by the European Commission.

It said Lithuania asked for help following increased arrivals of migrants and asylum seekers coming from the Middle East and Africa and entering Lithuania via the border with Belarus. Already 12 countries have offered support such as tents, beds and generators.

The Commission coordinates the delivery and finances up to 75% of the costs for transporting the assistance.

'Lithuania is an external EU border'

"Lithuania's border is an external EU border, which is currently experiencing an unprecedented influx of migrants and asylum seekers," said EU Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič.

"These people, many of the vulnerable, need urgent support such as food and shelter. The European Union and other Member States will not leave Lithuania in this difficult situation alone," Lenarčič said.

'Belarus exploits human beings for political reasons'

"The authoritarian regime in Belarus is exploiting human beings for political reasons: this is completely unacceptable," said EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson.

"The European Union and the Member States are showing strong solidarity with Lithuania, and together we fully support civil society in Belarus. Humanitarian support will make sure basic needs such as food and shelter are met. The Commission is ready to provide further emergency funding to Lithuania as needed," she said.

"Frontex is deploying personnel and equipment to protect the European external border, and Europol is deploying staff to help safeguard European internal security."

 

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