Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke about the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border. As he announced, Brussels should talk to Minsk about the migration crisis. According to experts, the crisis on the border would not have been possible without the support of the regime of Alexander Lukashenka from the Kremlin, which wants to test the resilience of the European Union and NATO. The White House had earlier expressed concern about the situation at the border. “Russia is aware of this concern,” President Joe Biden said.
Vladimir Putin spoke about the migration crisis at the Polish-Belarus border during an interview with Rossiya-1 TV channel. – The question for me is not why they (EU and Belarus – ed.) do not talk to each other. He said that this does not apply to us. “It was understood from his conversations with Alexander Lukashenka and German Chancellor Angela Merkel that they were ready to talk to each other,” he added.
– I hope that this will happen soon and that some direct contacts will take place between the EU and the main EU countries, at least between Germany and Belarus. This is the most important thing, Putin said, because immigrants are trying to get to Germany first of all.
He stated that Russia had “absolutely nothing” to do with the crisis at the Belarusian border, and that its airlines “do not transport” migrants. “We have absolutely nothing to do with this, but they always try to hold us responsible, for any reason and for no reason. Our airlines do not hold these people, he said. – By the way, Belavia (Belarus Airlines – editor), as Alyaksandr Lukashenka told me, does not bring it either. They ask for charters, there is visa-free entry – people buy tickets and fly – added the Russian leader.
“The migration crisis is caused by the Western countries themselves, and it has military, political and economic reasons,” Putin said. He also accused the European Union countries of not respecting humanitarian rules.
Putin stressed that he supports resolving the crisis “in the interests of both Belarus and European countries, including Poland and Germany, and other countries.” He reiterated that he was relying on “direct contact between the Belarusian authorities and the main EU countries”.
EU and NATO resistance test
Experts, when asked by the Russian section of the Voice of America about the situation on the borders of Belarus with the countries of the European Union, answered that the crisis on the border would not have been possible without the support of the regime of Alexander Lukashenka from the Kremlin, who wants it. The EU and NATO resilience test.
The migration crisis is occurring at the same time that Russian forces are massing near the Ukrainian border. This is causing growing concern in the United States and the European Union about what Putin might do with Ukraine. And I think Putin is also behind the immigration situation and how Lukashenka uses migrants and refugees from the Middle East against the three countries of the European Union and NATO: primarily against Poland, to a greater extent against Lithuania, and on a slightly smaller scale against Latvia. told radio station David Kramer, former president of Freedom House.
In his opinion, the Russian president is taking advantage of the situation with immigrants to force the West to resume dialogue with Lukashenka.
David Marbles, a professor at the University of Alberta in Canada, believes that Lukashenka is resorting to drastic measures. – He uses all the possibilities that are left to him against the European Union. One analyst at the Voice of America said he is somewhat trapped, under severe penalties, and his steps to exploit immigrants are a sign of desperation.
Correction on the “Have to Talk” scenario
Well-known Belarusian dissident Bawi Latushka said on TVN24 that “the scenario for imposing dialogue consists of: creating a migration crisis, a hybrid war, the threat of Russian nuclear weapons, recognition of Crimea as part of Russia, nuclear bombers over the skies of Belarus., Russian amphibious forces.”
– All this is a show of force and an attempt to force the European Union to sit at the negotiating table. But Putin also uses it. Because Putin, through Lukashenka, a useful idiot, is already implementing his own scenario as well. The first is to irritate Europe, and the second is to reduce the weight of Lukashenka – in his assessment.
White House reaction
On Friday, the US President expressed his concern about the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border Joe BidenAnd Vice President Kamala Harris and Chief Diplomacy Anthony Blinken.
In an interview with reporters, Biden reported that comments on Minsk’s actions were sent to Russia and Belarus. Harris said the US was paying “particular attention” to the crisis, and the State Department chief indicated that the US was considering using “various tools” against the Minsk regime.
The head of US diplomacy also referred to the issue of the “irregular” movements of Russian forces near the border with Ukraine, expressing concern and warning Russia not to make a “fatal mistake.”
PAP, Voice of America, tvn24.pl
Main image source: kremlin.ru
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