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Belarus says it does not want confrontation, wants EU to take migrants By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A migrant lady carries a baby as they exit a tent exterior the transport and logistics centre close to the Belarusian-Polish border within the Grodno area, Belarus November 21, 2021. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

MOSCOW/WARSAW (Reuters) -Belarus does not want confrontation with Poland however wants the European Union to take in 2,000 migrants stranded on its border, President Alexander Lukashenko stated on Monday, after Warsaw warned that tensions over the trapped folks may flare up.

The EU accuses Belarus of flying in hundreds of individuals from the Middle East and pushing them to cross into the EU through Poland, Lithuania and Latvia in response to European sanctions. Minsk denies fomenting the disaster.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki warned on Sunday that the migrant disaster on the Belarus border could also be a prelude to “something much worse”, and Poland’s border guard stated Belarusian forces had been nonetheless ferrying migrants to the frontier.

Lukashenko, as quoted by the state-owned Belta information company, stated he did not want issues to escalate.

“We need to get through to the Poles, to every Pole, and show them that we’re not barbarians, that we don’t want confrontation. We don’t need it. Because we understand that if we go too far, war is unavoidable,” he stated.

“And that will be a catastrophe. We understand this perfectly well. We don’t want any kind of flare-up.”

Poland has threatened to reduce a prepare hyperlink between the 2 nations if the scenario does not enhance, and Lukashenko was quoted as saying that risk may backfire.

Rail visitors might be diverted to run by a battle zone in jap Ukraine in such a situation, he stated.

Last Thursday, the European Commission and Germany publicly rejected a Belarus proposal made that very same day that EU nations take in 2,000 of the migrants presently on its territory.

But Lukashenko, in accordance to Belta, stated on Monday he should insist Germany take in some migrants, and complained that the EU was not making contact with Minsk on the problem.

“I’m waiting for the EU to answer,” he stated. “They don’t even look at it (the problem). And even what she (German Chancellor Angela Merkel) promised me – contacts. They are not even getting in touch.”

Belarus’ plan would additionally embrace Minsk sending some 5,000 migrants again residence, and Lukashenko stated Belarus was making ready a second flight to ship migrants residence on the finish of the month. Over 400 Iraqis had been despatched again to Iraq final week, within the first such repatriation flight since August.

Poland says Belarusian forces had been nonetheless ferrying migrants to the frontier, regardless of clearing the principle migrant camps by the border final week.

A bunch of round 150 migrants tried to break by the border fence close to the village of Dubicze Cerkiewne on Sunday, the Polish Border Guard stated on Monday.

“Groups are making such attempts and Belarusian officials are becoming more and more aggressive,” Stanislaw Zaryn, spokesman for Poland’s safety companies, wrote on Twitter (NYSE:).

Lithuanian border guard says 70 migrants had been prevented from getting into on Sunday. Two Ukrainian residents had been arrested on Sunday, in two separate however related incidents, as they arrived to the border to decide up the migrants, presumably for additional transportation.

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