LATVIA, 23 SEP 2023: After Latvian authorities closed the Silene border crossing with Belarus for all traffic, the only border post open was met with long traffic jams. The Latvian Public Broadcasting company LSM reported a lorry queue of at least 12 kilometres on Friday. Like Estonia, Lithuania and Poland, Russian-registered cars are blocked from entering. For Belarusian cars the prohibition does not exists, leading to speculation Russian will use Belarusian registered vehicles. However, the Belarusian government is supporting Putin and the war waged by Russia in Ukraine, fuelling voices to also ban Belarusians completely from entering the Baltic states and Poland unless for humanitarian aid.
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