Lithuanian border guards announced the sounds of shots at the border, sounded from the territory of Belarus, as well as the use of lighting and signal flares in the dark, LRT reports.
The sounds of the shots were single. At the same time, the Lithuanian border guards did not have to use service weapons, resort to special means or measures of physical coercion.
A representative of the State Border Committee of Belarus told RIA Novosti that exercises are taking place in the area.
“I can only say that we have planned exercises. We informed about them,” he stressed.
In early July, the Lithuanian authorities have already announced a multiple increase in the number of illegal migrants on the border with Belarus. Vilnius confirmed their words by comparing this indicator with similar values in previous years.
Since July, Lithuania has introduced an emergency regime due to the influx of illegal migrants. Since the beginning of the year, over 3.5 thousand citizens have tried to penetrate the republic.
Lithuania blames Minsk for the influx of migrants. In turn, the government of Belarus has already announced that it is coping with the protection of the border.
According to the President of the Republic Alexander Lukashenko, Minsk deals with the issue of illegal migration “only as much as necessary, profitable and financially possible.”
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