The government of Latvia agreed on Tuesday to extend the state of emergency on the border with Belarus for a further three months in view of the worsening migration crisis.
“Given the situation, the government has decided to extend the state of emergency in four municipalities (the region) of Latgale – in the east of the country – until February 10,” said a cabinet statement.
Poland and the Baltic countries, which share a common border with Belarus, agree that this unusual increase in attempts to cross the border is a kind of retaliation by the Belarusian government for these sanctions. In addition to Belarusian citizens, the flow of migration comes mainly from people from the Middle East and some African countries.
In the case of Latvia, the government has approved the construction of a permanent fence on the border line. A state of emergency was declared on August 10th.