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New Barrier to Rise in Europe’s East Amid Spat With Belarus

  • Lithuania to build a 508-kilometer fence with Belarus
  • Lukashenko seen using Middle East migrants as ‘weapon’
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Crossing the Belarusian Border
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Lithuania will build a 508-kilometer (316-mile) long fence on its border with Belarus to stop an unprecedented wave of migrants pouring into the European Union’s east.

The arrivals are part of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s strategy to retaliate against EU sanctions against his government over his crackdown against pro-democratic opposition, Lithuanian and EU officials said. Lukashenko denies these allegations.