Lithuania Takes Measures to Secure its Borders Amid Geopolitical Changes

Lithuania has announced the closure of two of its six border crossings with Belarus, citing changes in the geopolitical situation and threats to national security. The decision comes as a response to Minsk’s sheltering of fighters from Russia’s Wagner mercenary group, which has raised concerns among neighboring countries. The closures are temporary, with traffic being diverted to the largest checkpoint in Medininkai. Poland and Latvia have also tightened their border controls, and Poland has deployed additional troops to guard against potential incursions by Wagner fighters. The situation highlights the growing tensions and challenges faced by countries in the region, particularly with regards to migration and security issues. The closure of the border crossings reflects Lithuania’s commitment to securing its borders and addressing potential risks.