"The Prime Minister emphasizes that Latvia, Lithuania and Poland are united in the fight against the hybrid attack by the Lukashenko regime," a government statement said, being careful to speak about "the Lukashenko regime" rather than "Belarus".
The tendency of some EU levels to put the blame on "Belarus" rather than its deranged presumptive president and his cronies has come in for criticism. Lukashenko is widely believed to have rigged last year's presidential election and is ruling by means of terror and torture.
🇱🇻🇱🇹🇵🇱 ir vienotas cīņā pret Lukašenko režīma hibrīduzbrukumu. Ar @MorawieckiM un @IngridaSimonyte pārrunājām aktuālo situāciju uz 🇪🇺ārējās robežas. Šodien arī saruna ar @vonderleyen par nepieciešamiem soļiem Eiropas Savienības līmenī. https://t.co/IlnYq3NWsh— Krišjānis Kariņš (@krisjaniskarins) November 8, 2021
"The Lukashenko regime, which is deliberately endangering third-country nationals, is responsible for the tense situation. The three Heads of Government agreed that the European Union (EU) should be encouraged to decide on stronger sanctions against the violent regime. The involvement of international organizations in resolving the situation on the border with Belarus is also important," the statement said.
The Prime Ministers of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland will continue to maintain regular contacts in order to coordinate actions in the protection of the EU's external borders, it added.
The Prime Minister also discussed the current situation and the necessary further steps at the EU level with the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen as pressure builds for the EU to come up with fresh sanctions and other urgent measures.
Lukashenko has repeatedly threatened to flood Europe with third-country migrants in retaliation for sanctions imposed as a result of his rigged election and brutal crackdown on dissent, and then proceeded to take the unprecedented step of using Belarus' state assets as an international human trafficking agency.
Belarus must stop putting people’s lives at risk.— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) November 8, 2021
I spoke to @MorawieckiM @IngridaSimonyte @krisjaniskarins
I call for approval of extended sanctions, possible sanctions on third country airlines involved.
We also want to prevent a humanitarian crisis and ensure safe returns