In the midst of the migrant crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border, which Warsaw and the European Union consider „a hybrid war” of Minsk to destabilize the community bloc, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko congratulated Poles on Independence Day on Thursday, EFE reports.
„I am sure that in the current circumstances, despite the political situation, the harsh challenges and threats, through openness and rational dialogue, an impartial vision of the past and present, the peoples of the two countries can jointly implement unifying pragmatic ideas.”, Lukashenko said in a message distributed by his press service.
Lukashenko declared „convinced that the principles of non-interference in internal affairs, significant investment projects, joint work on the international stage for the benefit of stability and security will serve to strengthen the real independence and sovereignty of our countries and become a solid basis for maintaining peace and constructive cooperation.”.
Lukashenko’s message comes after the latest political crisis between Belarus and the EU erupted on Monday, led by Warsaw over the arrival of thousands of migrants, mostly Kurds from Syria and Iraq, on the border with Poland. of Belarusian security forces, notes Agerpres.
Attempts to illegally enter Belarus into Latvia, Lithuania and Poland have increased since the spring, and the EU considers this to be the result of Lukashenko’s plan to destabilize Europe in response to Western sanctions on Minsk after the 2020 elections. which the West considers fraudulent, and the forced landing of a commercial flight resulting in the arrest of a Belarusian dissident.
On Thursday, Lukashenko ordered the Ministry of Defense and the KGB (Belarusian security service) to guarantee security on the border with Poland.
„Border troops from the Ministry of Defense and the KGB must guarantee control over NATO and Polish troop movementsAleksandr Lukashenko said at a meeting with members of the Council of Ministers, according to the official BELTA news agency.
Lukashenko also threatened countermeasures against any new EU sanctions, including stopping the transit of natural gas and goods through Belarus.
„We are warming Europe, and they continue to threaten to close the border. What if we turned off the natural gas there? Therefore, I recommend that the Polish leadership, Lithuanians and other headless people think before they open their mouths.”, Lukashenko told Reuters.
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For his part, Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said on Thursday that the European Union refuses to discuss the border crisis. In an interview with the RIA Novosti news agency, Makei said that the EU stopped funding to Minsk in 2020 to strengthen border infrastructure and build reception facilities for migrants. In response, Minsk ceased to abide by an agreement with Brussels for the re-entry into Belarus of migrants entering the EU illegally from the country’s territory. located in Eastern Europe, which borders the Russian Federation.
„I proposed to the European Union to hold consultations on this subject, but we were refused. Since then, I have proposed countless times to start a dialogue on this issue, but I have not received a positive response.”, said the head of diplomacy in Minsk, who said that the current migrant crisis is the result of „unthinking politics” of Brussels, which, in his view, „she invited the refugees and said she was ready to receive them”. Makei said that Minsk is in favor of regulating the situation to resolve “as soon as possible” the situation on the border with Poland.
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