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Belarus No Longer Will Readmit Migrants Who Cross Into EU as Retaliation for Sanctions

Belarus’ parliament voted on Tuesday to refuse migrants reentering the country from the European Union, suspending an agreement with the EU in retaliation for sanctions, the Associated Press reported.

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said his nation cannot afford the costs of inviting the migrants back into their country, and would use the money to counteract sanctions levied by the EU.

Belarus Interior Minister Ivan Kubrakov said the agreement’s suspension is a “temporary measure” and could be resolved “after relations normalize.”

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