EU to sanction Belarus as border crisis persists


Thousands of asylum seekers remain stranded at the freezing frontier as the EU prepares to hit Minsk with fresh sanctions.


The European Union is set to widen sanctions on Belarus as a migration crisis deepens along its border with Poland.

Thousands of people remain stranded in freezing conditions on both sides of the Belarus-Poland border, barred from entering the EU via Poland as a dispute between the bloc and Minsk rages.

The EU foreign ministers are expected to approve the measures on Monday. The sanctions may also target airlines and travel agents who transported asylum seekers to Belarus.

Poland and other EU members have accused Belarus of encouraging people to cross the Polish border in revenge for Western sanctions on Minsk over a disputed August 2020 election which gave longtime President Lukashenko a sixth term and sparked mass anti-government protests.

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