- Belarus needs an answer from the European Union on whether the union will accept 2,000 stranded migrants.
- The EU accuses Belarus of flying thousands of people from the Middle East and dropping them to cross into the EU through Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia.
Belarus does not want confrontation with Poland. Still, it does needs an answer from the European Union on whether the union will accept 2,000 stranded migrants. President Alexander Lukashenko said to the Belta news company on Monday.
The EU accuses Belarus of flying thousands of people from the Middle East and dropping them to cross into the EU through Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia in response to European sanctions. Minsk denies fomenting the crisis.
On Sunday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki warned that the migrant crisis on the Belarus border might be an opening to “something much worse,” and Poland’s border guard said Belarusian forces were still sending migrants to the frontier.
Lukashenko, as quoted by Belta, said he did not want things to increase.
“We need to get by to the Poles, to every Pole, and show them that we aren’t barbarians, that we don’t want conflict. We do not need it. Because we know that if we go too far, war is not avoidable,” he said.
“And that will be a catastrophe. We understand this perfectly well. We don’t want any disruption.”
Lukashenko said he insisted Germany to take hold of some migrants and complained that the EU was not creating contact with Minsk on the issue.
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