Belarus: hundreds of migrants on the border, Poland will build a wall. EU extends sanctions

Hundreds of migrants on Belarusian territory concentrated on the border with Poland, at the Bruzgi customs house, in what is described as an attempt to legally cross the border. To face them, the Polish security forces. Poland, the Warsaw government announced, will begin building a border wall in December. The barrier “is an absolutely strategic and priority investment for the security of the nation and its citizens,” said Warsaw Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski. The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and German Chancellor Angela Merkel also spoke about the crisis on the border in a telephone conversation that lasted fifty minutes. The “need for humanitarian aid for refugees and migrants” was discussed, reads a note from Merkel’s spokesperson Steffen Seibert. The Chancellor and Lukashenko agreed on the will “to carry on the exchange on these issues”. A phone call also between Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Putin: the two, the Elysée said, “have reached an agreement for a de-escalation”. “We hope that this long conversation will lead to results in the next few days”, added Paris, stating that Putin has pledged “to talk about it” with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. Meanwhile, the EU Council gives the green light to the extension of sanctions. And the US is also thinking about new measures.

NATO: “We condemn the exploitation of migrants by the Lukashenko regime”

The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also spoke about the situation in Belarus, who in a press point with the Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba said: “We condemn the exploitation by the Lukashenko regime of vulnerable migrants, including children. , with hybrid actions against allies. “Then he added:” There is no imminent threat of an attack on any NATO member country. We see a very difficult situation “regarding” Ukraine “and the” border of Poland and Belarus “and” we are in solidarity with our allies “.

Green light for the EU to extend the sanctions regime

Meanwhile, the EU Council has given the green light to extend the sanctions regime against Belarus. The decision, taken at the meeting of EU foreign ministers, allows Brussels to target individuals and entities that organize or contribute to activities of the Lukashenko regime that facilitate the illegal crossing of the EU’s external borders. “This decision reflects the European Union’s determination to resist the exploitation of migrants for political ends. We are rejecting this inhuman and illegal practice. At the same time, we continue to emphasize the regime’s unacceptable repression against its own population and us. we will respond accordingly, “said the Other EU Representative for Estyeri Affairs Josep Borrell. The sanctions, he added, “will be in effect in the next few days”. Borrell, replying to those who asked him about any links between the Belarusian crisis and the increase of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine, replied: “I do not know the secrets of the contacts between Putin and Lukashenko. But it is evident that Lukashenko does what it does because it counts on strong support from Russia. I cannot know that there is a connection with the increase in troops in Ukraine. “The United States, too, said US State Department spokesman Ned Price, is preparing to enact new sanctions against Belarus, accused of “inhuman acts” in confronting migrants.

Lukashenko: We don’t want a border conflict

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, quoted by the state news agency Belta, later picked up by the Russian media, has made it known that Belarus does not want a border conflict, if anything, the conflict is necessary for Poland, he said. “Our journalists and others draw correct conclusions, which is that Poland needs this conflict nowadays. There are more than enough internal problems, problems with the European Union,” he said during a meeting with a group of work on the constitutional reform project. According to the president, Belarus “does not want” any conflict on the state border. “This is absolutely bad for us,” he noted. Then he added that Minsk is ready to send migrants back to their homeland, but they do not want to return. Meanwhile, the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, quoted by TASS, said that it is absolutely not correct to attribute the whole blame for the migrant crisis on the border between Belarus and the EU to Alexander Lukashenko.