Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko discussed the tense situation with thousands of refugees on the Polish border.
Moscow / Minsk – Lukashenko’s press service announced on Tuesday that the two had spoken on the phone about the “tough crackdown on the Polish side” against peaceful people. “The facts about the relocation of Poland’s armed forces to the border are of particular concern,” said Lukashenko. Lukashenko is criticized for having the migrants flown into Belarus and smuggling them through to the EU in return for sanctions imposed by the West. The Kremlin confirmed that Putin’s conversation with Lukashenko had dealt with the situation on the border. Both sides wanted to stay in contact, it said.
The Kremlin had previously expressed concern about growing tensions on the border. It is important that both sides behave “responsibly”. “We hope that this will in no way take a form that could endanger our security,” said a Kremlin spokesman. Lukashenko repeatedly claims that NATO is in danger of a military invasion. NATO rejects this. Putin, who supports Lukashenko, who has been criticized as the “last dictator in Europe”, had repeatedly promised that he would provide military assistance in the event of an attack from the West. Putin and Lukashenko decided on closer cooperation for their union state only last week. (dpa)