Belarusian Foreign Ministry warned Poland against provocations in the situation with migrants

Illegal migrants' camp on the Belarusian-Polish border - 1920, 11/09/2021

MINSK, 9 Nov – The Belarusian Foreign Ministry said that the aggravation of the migration situation on the Belarusian-Polish border is a consequence of Warsaw’s long ignorance of objective reality, and warned Poland against provocations in the situation with refugees.
On Monday, the State Border Committee of Belarus reported that a large group of refugees from the countries of the East and Africa went to the border of Belarus with Poland. In the evening, the department said that the situation with refugees on the border of the republic with Poland remains extremely tense: more than two thousand refugees, including a significant number of women and children, have stopped in front of the Polish barriers on the border line. The Polish security forces do not let them through, the migrants made attempts to overcome the obstacles. Refugees set up camp at the border line overnight.
“We would like to warn the Polish side in advance against using any provocations directed against the Republic of Belarus to justify possible illegal military actions against disadvantaged unarmed people, among whom there are many underage children and women,” the press service said on the Foreign Ministry’s website.
It emphasizes that “a sharp exacerbation of the migration situation in the Belarusian-Polish border area causes serious concern for the fate of people seeking by any means and means to get to the countries of the European Union, and is a direct consequence of the long-term disregard of the objective reality by official Warsaw, openly“ ostrich ”approaches to solving serious problems. “
“Against this background, the untenable attempts of the Polish side to shift the responsibility for the dynamically developing migration situation to Belarus look extremely awkward. We have repeatedly called on our neighbors for a substantive dialogue and constructive interaction between specialized agencies on important cross-border issues of unconditional common interest,” the commentary says. …
The Foreign Ministry noted that “the free interpretation and selective observance of human rights have already become the corporate style of the advocates of forced democratization of individual countries and entire regions, which is precisely what provokes such migration flows.” “We presume that the attitude of the Polish side towards foreigners seeking asylum and protection will become another test and litmus test of official Warsaw’s real adherence to the principles of international law, humanism, high democratic standards in the field of human rights protection,” the press service added.
Recently, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland reported an increase in the number of detained illegal migrants on the border with Belarus, accusing Minsk of creating a migration crisis. Minsk rejects all charges. In connection with the situation, the President of Poland introduced a state of emergency on the territories bordering with Belarus, the army and the police were involved in protecting the border. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko noted that Minsk will no longer restrain the flow of illegal migrants to the EU countries: because of the West’s sanctions, there is “neither money, nor effort.” The border guards of Belarus have repeatedly stated about the forcible expulsion of migrants by Lithuania, Poland and Latvia to the Belarusian territory.

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