Lithuania’s MigrDep sees no increase in asylum applications following Russia’s mobilization

VILNIUS – Lithuania has yet to see a surge in asylum applications after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced partial mobilization, says Evelina Gudzinskaite, director of the Lithuanian Migration Service.

“No asylum applications so far, as it is only the second day there are no changes yet. We as a migration authority do not feel that anything has increased,” she told BNS on Thursday.

Lithuania’s Interior Ministry on Wednesday said the partial mobilization was not an automatic basis for granting asylum to Russian citizens, but added that each case would be examined individually.

Putin said the call-up applies to reservists, especially experienced ones, with Russia hoping to mobilize around 300,000 troops.

In response to the mobilization, Lithuania has raised the alert level of its rapid reaction force, and President Gitanas Nauseda is calling a State Defense Council meeting next week.