”Lithuania must “defend itself” and will not back down from its policies on migrants and asylum seekers, the country’s Interior Minister Agnė Bilotaitė said following a damning ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).
“Lithuania has taken all important decisions and measures to protect its national security and the European Union’s external border, and right now we don’t see the situation changing significantly to the point where we can back away from our decisions. Lithuania will certainly defend itself if such threats persist,” Bilotaitė told reporters on Friday.
The CJEU ruled on Thursday that Lithuanian laws prevent irregular migrants from applying for asylum and allow putting them in automatic detention, something that runs counter to EU directives.”
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