Lithuania plans barrier on Belarus border to stem migrant flow


Lithuania has announced it will build a barrier on the border with Belarus and deploy troops to prevent migrants from illegally crossing into its territory.


Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte said more than 1,000 migrants had been held after crossing along the 679km (422-mile) border since 1 June.


Lithuania, an EU member, also accused Belarus of flying in foreign migrants and allowing them to go to the border.


Bilateral ties have been strained since May's arrest of a Belarusian dissident.