MOSCOW, Nov 9 – President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that the confrontation on the Belarusian-Polish border over Middle Eastern migrants could lead to an acute phase, in his words, “this is a ground for provocations.”
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 2 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.
“I am afraid that this confrontation at the border because of migrants does not lead to some kind of acute phase. This is the ground for provocations,” he said in an interview with the chief editor of the Russian magazine National Defense, military expert Igor Korotchenko. The video of the interview is published by the “Pool of the First” Telegram channel.
According to Lukashenka, “any provocation can be committed.” “I already warn my military men: carefully, guys, watch,” the head of the Belarusian state noted.
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.