Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has said that he does not want the migration crisis at the border with Poland to turn into a confrontation with his European neighbors. The European Union accuses the Belarusian regime of luring people to the Polish border with lies.
“The most important thing today is to defend our country and our people and to avoid clashes,” Lukashenko was quoted as saying by the state news agency Belta. We must not let this issue turn into a fiery confrontation.
Thousands of migrants are said to be stuck in a no-man’s-land between Belarusian security forces and the Polish border. According to the Polish authorities, the number of immigrants from the Belarusian side near the town of Koznica is steadily increasing. According to the police, there are now about 3,500 people. They are setting up a tent camp. Information is difficult to control, however, as the Belarusian and Polish governments keep journalists and aid workers at a distance.
The European Union accuses the Belarusian regime of luring people to the Polish border with lies. Lukashenko denies allowing people from Afghanistan and the Middle East to enter Belarus and transport them to the external borders of the European Union in an orderly manner.
On Monday, outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel had already called Lukashenko to discuss the issue. French President Emmanuel Macron had a long telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who politically supports Lukashenko.
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