Fake #1 Belarussians don’t travel Poland and the Baltic States
Fake date: 25.08.2023
On August 28, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Poland and the Baltic countries agreed to close the border with Belarus completely in case a "critical incident" occurs there. Shortly before the meeting, Aleksander Lukashenko stated that these travel destinations have been out of interest for Belarusians.
Lukashenko’s Telegram channel Pul Pervogo published the video segment of his statement on August 25.
“Let them close, we don’t go to Lithuania and Latvia anyway. And we don’t work through them either,” Lukashenko said.
This is not true. According to the Lithuanian border service, more than 1.7 million people entered Lithuania from Belarus during the last year only. How many of them were the citizens of Belarus, statistics do not specify. The approximate number can be estimated using the Belarusian border guards’ data. They say about 250,000 Lithuanians, visited Belarus with a round trip last year.
After subtracting this quantity from the total flow of people crossing the Belarusian-Lithuanian border, we will get the number around 1.5 million persons. Probably, this is an average amount of Belarusians who have arrived in Lithuania.
Approximately the same number has visited Poland in 2022.
However, there is no open data from Latvian statistics, as well as no official response to the Weekly Top Fake’s request from the authorities yet.
As of the first half of 2023, about 640,000 Belarusians entered Poland through the only active border crossing ‘Brest’. Also, nearly 800,000 citizens of Belarus have come to Lithuania during the same period.