Russia has blamed the West for the tense situation with thousands of refugees on the Polish-Belarusian border.
Moscow – The Western states, including NATO and EU members, had tried for years in the Middle East and North Africa to force their lives on, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in Moscow on Tuesday. Before that, Russia had repeatedly complained that the West was creating chaos in countries like Afghanistan and Iraq, which is why people fled. Thousands of migrants are standing in Belarus on the border with Poland and want to apply for asylum in the EU, many of them in Germany. The problem must be solved on the basis of international humanitarian law, Lavrov said. Belarusian politicians announced aid deliveries to the border region in Minsk on Tuesday. The ruler Alexander Lukashenko is criticized for allowing the migrants to be flown in and smuggling them through to the EU in order to reciprocate the sanctions imposed by the West.
The Kremlin expressed concern about the growing tensions on the border. It is important that both sides behave “responsibly”, said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, according to the Interfax agency. That is the case for Belarus. “We hope this in no way takes on a form that could endanger our security,” he said. Lukashenko claims that there is a danger of a military invasion from the NATO side. NATO rejects this. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who supports Lukashenko, who has been criticized as the “last dictator in Europe”, has repeatedly promised to 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)