The Eastern European dictator was accused of allowing emigrants to cross the border into Poland, Latvia and Lithuania. Polish forces were deployed at the border to prevent migrants from entering the European Union.
Angela Merkel spoke about her Polish counterpart, stating that the two “have the same opinions about the nature of the crisis we are in and about how to solve it”. However, Angela Merkel had to defend her phone calls with Mr Lukashenko.
According to the German publication Welt, he was Germany’s point on humanitarian issues related to refugees. But, Merkel said, if there is no progress on the crisis, the European Union should consider new sanctions against Lukashenko’s regime.
Since October last year, the European Union has imposed restrictive measures against Belarus. He did so because he did not recognize the outcome of Belarus’ 2020 presidential election, which included intimidation and violent repression of peaceful protests against the leader.
Merkel is calling for Russian intervention
The European Union considers that the elections – which caught Lukashenko reinstated in power for the sixth time – were “neither free nor fair”. Earlier, the European dictator threatened to open borders for drugs and migrants earlier this year. “We will not hold anyone back. We are not their final destination. Everyone is heading for Europe. ”
NATO has previously accused the country of trying to use illegal immigration as a tool to destabilize the European Union. In Brussels, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg condemned Lukashenko’s actions as “inhuman and cynical” in a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda.
Andrzej Duda said Poland now has “more than 750 attacks” on its border. He claimed that the emigrants used “knives, metal poles and, in some cases, tear gas” against Polish forces – suggesting that they were equipped and aided by the Belarusians.
It is also believed that this crisis of emigrants was created by Russia. Morawiecki blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom he believed he supported. On Thursday, Angela Merkel called on Russia to intervene, asking the Russian government to say that “people should not be abused for hybrid purposes.”