Migrant crisis Belarus, Merkel-Lukashenko phone call. EU: “No negotiations in progress”

The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, during a phone call yesterday, agreed to start talks between Minsk and the EU on the migrant crisis, according to reports from the Belarusian president’s press service. But the EU today made it clear that “there is no negotiation underway”. “Several issues were discussed during the conversation, first of all the refugee situation on the Belarusian-Polish, Belarusian-Lithuanian and Belarusian-Latvian borders. Ways and perspectives to solve the migration problem to avoid the escalation of the situation in border were discussed in detail. ” Evidence of a complicated agreement to resolve a critical situation, in which Poland, as the gateway to Europe, and the Minsk regime supported by Russia are opposed. Lukashenko is accused by the EU and not only of using refugees to bring the Old Continent to its knees. Finally, the G7 called on Belarus to immediately end the migrant crisis. This was declared in a joint statement by the foreign ministers of the countries of the group (Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, United Kingdom and USA). Meanwhile, on Twitter, the Polish Center for International Aid, reported that a one-year-old child died in the forest on the border between Belarus and Poland, where he had been for a month and a half with his Syrian parents who hoped to be able to enter. in the EU. In the evening, the migrant camp in Belarus on the border with Poland was evicted by local authorities. The people who had been in the border area between the Belarusian village of Bruzgi and the Polish one of Kuznica for days were transferred to a facility a few hundred meters away.

Belarusian agency: “Agreement found to resolve the issue”

The Belarusian president and the outgoing German chancellor discussed supporting refugees through the provision of humanitarian aid. “Alexander Lukashenko and Angela Merkel have agreed on further contacts to resolve the situation,” noted the press service. The details were reported by the Belarusian state news agency Belta. The two agreed “that the question should be brought to the Belarusian-EU level”. Authorized officials from both sides “will start talks immediately” to resolve outstanding issues, Belta said. “The parties talked about the situation on the Belarusian border with the countries of the European Union: they thoroughly discussed the issue of migrants and came to a certain understanding on what to do next to resolve the outstanding issues”, added the Belarusian news agency.

Merkel also hears the Polish Prime Minister: “Full solidarity”

On the German side, the spokesman for Chancellor Steffen Seibert, in a note reports that, in her phone call with the Belarusian president, Merkel “stressed the need to provide humanitarian assistance and return options for the people concerned with the support of UNHCR and ‘IOM and in collaboration with the European Commission “. The German Chancellor also heard Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on the phone to coordinate “on the worrying situation on the border between Belarus and the EU”: Seibert said via Twitter, also underlining that the Chancellor expressed Germany’s full solidarity with Poland.

The EU: “No negotiations underway with Lukashenko”

“There is no negotiation underway between the EU and the Lukashenko regime”, said the spokesman of the European Commission, Eric Mamer to a question, explaining that “technical negotiations will be conducted with UN agencies (UNHCR and IOM ) and the Belarusian counterparts “for aid and repatriation of” people who are stranded at the border “. As for the outgoing German Chancellor Merkel’s contacts with Lukashenko, Mamer highlighted that it is normal for member states to have bilateral relations, and there are “always very close contacts between the EU and member states”.

The condemnation of the Belarusian regime expressed by the G7

Meanwhile, the G7 ministers together with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs have condemned the Belarusian regime for having “orchestrated irregular migration across its borders”, which “puts people’s lives at risk”. Solidarity is also expressed with the authorities of Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, “who have been targeted by this provocative use of irregular migration”. And the communiqué reads again: “We ask the regime to immediately stop its aggressive and exploitative campaign in order to prevent further deaths and suffering. It is necessary to provide international organizations with immediate and unhindered access to provide humanitarian assistance”. It is also stressed that “the actions of the Belarusian regime are an attempt to divert attention from its continued disregard for international law, fundamental freedoms and human rights, including those of its own people”.