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Baltic States lower the “Iron Curtain” on their borders with Belarus and Russia

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In a move that echoes Cold War history, the Baltic nations of Lithuania and Latvia have taken unprecedented steps to tighten their borders with Belarus and, by extension, Russia. This action raises questions about the possible escalation of tensions in the region and the European Union’s stance on the matter.

Latvia, following Lithuania’s lead, has temporarily halted operations at the “Silene” border checkpoint, which lies on the border with Belarus (known as “Urbany” on the Belarusian side). This decision comes amidst increasing concerns about the ongoing migrant crisis in the region and growing unease over Russia’s role in exacerbating the situation.

The Baltic nations have been grappling with an influx of migrants from various countries, many of whom are attempting to enter the European Union (EU) through Belarus. This crisis has strained relations between the EU and Belarus, with accusations of Belarusian authorities actively encouraging migrants to cross into EU territory.

The decision by Latvia to suspend operations at the “Silene” border checkpoint is seen as a response to the escalating migrant crisis. Lithuania had previously taken similar measures by erecting a border fence and deploying additional border guards to prevent unauthorized crossings.

While the Baltic nations are taking actions to secure their borders, the broader question remains: will they go as far as closing their borders with Russia? The possibility of such a move raises concerns about the potential for further regional tensions.

The European Union, for its part, has been relatively silent on the Baltic states’ actions. The EU has expressed solidarity with its member states, particularly Lithuania and Latvia, but has not issued any official statements on the matter.

As the situation continues to develop, observers are closely watching for any signs of further escalation and the EU’s potential response. The migrant crisis at the eastern borders of the EU remains a complex and contentious issue, with the Baltic states taking proactive measures to protect their territories.

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