Belarus will not “kneel” in front of Europe according to Lukashenko – Liberation


Further escalation of tensions on Tuesday at the border between Belarus and Poland. President Alexander Lukashenko assured that his country was ready for a standoff with the EU on the issue of the thousands of migrants he leaves massed on his side of the border.

“We are not looking for a fight”, launched Alexander Lukashenko in an interview, excerpts of which were published by the Belta public agency. “I’m not crazy, I fully understand where all this can lead. […] We know where our place is, but neither will we kneel ”, he added.

France accused the regime of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of seeking to “Destabilize” the European Union by organizing a “Migrant smuggling”. Along the border between Poland and Belarus, 3,000 to 4,000 migrants have been wandering since Monday in freezing temperatures, the first victims of this diplomatic crisis. They are mainly Kurds from the Middle East.

According to Minsk border guards, these migrants now crammed into a makeshift camp on the Belarusian side, not far from the Polish village of Kuznica, are in a physical and psychological state. “Extremely bad”, in particular lack of water and food. At least ten migrants have died in the region since the start of the crisis, including seven on the Polish side of the border, according to the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza.

Warsaw warned Monday of a massive arrival of migrants at its border with Belarus, the scene since this summer of a migration crisis. In early September, Poland declared a state of emergency and deployed more than 12,000 border guards, which now looks like a military zone.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki also pointed to the responsibility of Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom he accuses of being an accomplice in this migration crisis. In the process, Brussels said it was monitoring twenty countries, including Russia, for their possible role in the transport of migrants to Belarus.

Alexander Lukashenko is accused of orchestrating the arrival of migrants and refugees in response to European sanctions against his country after the brutal repression of the opposition, which the autocrat denies. The European Union is also considering the adoption of new sanctions against Minsk.


Source: Libération by www.liberation.fr.

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