Belarus attempting to destabilize EU - Von der Leyen

Speaking at the European Parliament, von der Leyen said the 27-nation bloc was standing in solidarity with Poland, Lithuania and Latvia which she said was a policy of Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko to fly migrants from various world hotspots into Belarus and then push them across EU borders, an accusation which Minsk partly denies.

She said the EU was coordinating with the United States, Britain and Canada.

Von der Leyen added that to deter intermediaries transporting migrants to Belarus from helping Minsk, the EU would create a watchlist for all means of transport involved in trafficking and smuggling of migrants.

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