Weaponising migrants? Belarus in border push against EU neighbour

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At least seven migrants have died in the freezing no-man's land at Belarus's border with the European Union. Minsk has been subject to sanctions over last year's post-electoral crackdown ordered by strongman Alexander Lukashenko. His regime is accused of encouraging charter flights from Iraq and Turkey and then sending them towards the border, with neighbouring Lithuania wondering how thousands have come their way, compared with 80 migrants for all of 2020.

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