Why are so many migrants coming to one of Europe's smallest countries? Blame Belarus, officials say

Press quote (The Washington Post)
01 August 2021

“These are 3,000 people who were flown from a country very far away and were just left on the border of the EU and that’s an entirely new phenomenon,” said Camino Mortera-Martinez, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform. “Flying people in is a complete other level of aggression and retaliation.”

It should further test the mettle of the EU, she said, and force the bloc to respond with force or allow itself to appear weak.

“As a foreign policy power, you are going to have to face situations like this,” Mortera-Martinez said. “You are going to have to decide if you want to deal with it.”