Monument to Red Army soldiers erected in Latvia

MOSCOW, 28 Nov – A monument to the soldiers of the Red Army was erected in Latvia, said Sputnik Latvia
It is noted that this happened as a result of a stubborn struggle of public figures.
“The activists Yevgeny and Elena Osipov managed to achieve almost impossible – to erect a monument to the fallen soldiers of the Red Army in the fight against the Nazi invaders,” the publication says.
The monument was erected in the town of Kapsede, Liepaja region thanks to the joint efforts of social activists and the Russian Consulate General in the republic. It took the Osipovs three years to obtain permission.
The Latvian authorities believe that the country was occupied by the USSR from 1940 to 1991. Soviet troops in the republic are officially considered occupational. Russia categorically disagrees with this formulation of the question.

In Belarus, it was reported that ten refugees are in hospitals

MINSK, 28 Nov – The Ministry of Health of Belarus said that ten refugees from the Bruzgi transport and logistics center, located near the Polish border, are being treated and examined in Grodno hospitals.
“Now in hospitals in Grodno, 10 refugees who live in a logistics center on the Belarusian-Polish border are undergoing inpatient treatment and examinations,” the statement reads. Telegram channel ministries.
It is specified that seven of these patients are children, their condition is stable. There are also three adults in hospitals. “Two – for the second week. Another adult patient was hospitalized yesterday with suspected pneumonia. During the examination, pneumonia was excluded. Today it is planned to be discharged,” the ministry said.
They emphasized that all patients who were tested for the antigen tested negative for coronavirus.
In total, according to the report, during the existence of the spontaneous refugee camp, consultative medical assistance was provided to more than a thousand refugees, and more than 100 migrants received treatment.
In November, a group of migrants, mostly Kurds, was formed near the border of Belarus and Poland, which numbered over 2 thousand people. The migrants tried to break through the border with Poland at the “Bruzgi” checkpoint in the Grodno region (on the Polish side – “Kuznitsa”), but the attempt was stopped by the Polish security forces with the help of special equipment. The Belarusian authorities have prepared a transport and logistics center located near the border checkpoint to accommodate migrants.
On Friday, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that, in addition to the two thousandth refugee camp in the trade and logistics center near the border with Poland, in the republic there may now be about 2-3 thousand more migrants from the Middle East. At the same time, earlier, about a thousand migrants, according to him, voluntarily returned to their homeland. Migrants return both by evacuation flights and individually. At the same time, the refugees in the transport and logistics center, according to the Belarusian authorities, generally do not yet express a desire to return to their homeland, awaiting a humanitarian corridor to the EU countries.
Lithuania, Latvia and Poland recently reported an increase in the number of detained illegal migrants from the Middle East and Africa on the border with Belarus, Minsk was accused of creating a migration crisis. Minsk stated that they were not the organizers of the migration crisis. Lukashenko also 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 energy for this. The border guards of Belarus have repeatedly stated about the forcible expulsion of migrants by Lithuania, Poland and Latvia to the Belarusian territory.

Polish Prime Minister criticized Merkel for calling Lukashenko

BERLIN, 28 Nov – Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki criticized the Acting German Chancellor Angela Merkel for a phone call with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
“The European Union should participate in the search for a diplomatic solution. But when Chancellor Merkel called Mr. Lukashenko, she contributed to the legitimization of his regime, although the struggle for a free Belarus has been going on for 15 months,” Moravetsky said in an interview with the DPA news agency.
According to him, the President of Belarus “abused” the conversation with Merkel and pretended that she agreed to transport 2,000 illegal migrants to Germany and other countries.
Lukashenko and Merkel held two telephone conversations on November 15 and 17, during which the politician discussed the migration crisis at the EU borders. Merkel said that Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko is a contact person in the migration crisis, but this does not change anything in the fact that the presidential elections in Belarus in Germany are not considered legitimate.
Recently, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland reported an increase in the number of detained illegal migrants from the Middle East and Africa on the border with Belarus, Minsk was accused of creating a migration crisis. Minsk rejects all charges. 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 energy for this.” The border guards of Belarus have repeatedly stated about the forcible expulsion of migrants by Lithuania, Poland and Latvia to the Belarusian territory.

The Security Council of Belarus told about the reaction to provocations at the border

MINSK, 27 Nov – State Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus Alexander Volfovich said that the republic’s authorities are ready to adequately respond to possible provocations at the border.
“Of course, we are analyzing the situation. Our forces and means are ready to act adequately in the event, God forbid, unleashing some provocative actions,” Volfovich said in an interview with STV television, an excerpt of which is posted on the channel’s website.
According to him, “everything that has been created today on the border (in neighboring countries – ed.) Can provoke a situation.” “It’s like that spark. And, probably, the plague heads are counting on something that we will succumb to panic, including our commander-in-chief will give the order to push the groupings to the border. in terms of the size of hostilities can lead to a large-scale war. We are sensible about these things and will not allow us to be provoked. Of course, we are ready to repulse, “the Secretary of State emphasized.
He drew attention to the fact that “under the guise of fighting illegal migration, refugees, in order to put a barrier to Europe, only on the territory of Poland (military – ed.) A group of 23 thousand people has been created.” “About 15 thousand of them are servicemen of different types of troops. We have reconnaissance forces and means working, monitoring. All this cannot but cause anxiety among military people,” Volfovich emphasized.
Lithuania, Latvia and Poland recently reported an increase in the number of detained illegal migrants from the Middle East and Africa on the border with Belarus, Minsk was accused of creating a migration crisis. Minsk stated that they were not the organizers of the migration crisis. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko also 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.”
Meanwhile, Poland has increased the number of security officials against the backdrop of the emergence of a spontaneous 2,000-strong camp of Middle Eastern refugees in the Belarusian-Polish camp. The Ministry of Defense of Belarus said that Poland’s decision to concentrate 23,000 troops, tanks, air defense systems and other heavy weapons near the border with Belarus cannot be called an adequate response to the migration crisis. The department said that this is more like the creation of shock groupings of troops. The head of the Belarusian Defense Ministry Viktor Khrenin said that the buildup of NATO forces near the republic’s borders and the strengthening of the military component of Poland can be regarded as “a complex of measures to prepare for war.” According to him, it seems that Poland wants to unleash the conflict by dragging the EU into it.

Minsk Airport announced changes in the schedule of export flights to Iraq

MINSK, 27 Nov – The national airport “Minsk” announced changes in the schedule of export flights by the Iraqi Airways, the time was adjusted, one flight was postponed.
Earlier, the national airport “Minsk” said that on Friday-Saturday two humanitarian flights by Iraqi Airways are expected, which will take Iraqi migrants to Erbil from among those who unsuccessfully tried to get through the Belarusian territory to the EU. Both flights will be operated by Iraqi Airways on Boeing 747-400 aircraft, and will take out about 430 migrants. The first of these flights was originally expected to be operated on Friday evening, but in fact, it departed Friday night. The second of the announced flights is expected on Saturday at 23.45 (the same time as Moscow time). The airport then announced that two more evening outbound flights to Iraq would be operated on November 28 and 29.
“On November 28, there will be no flight. On November 29, arrival at the national airport” Minsk “is at 12.45, departure to Erbil at 13.45,” the airport said in its Telegram channel.
At the same time, it was announced that the flight was planned to be performed on November 30: the aircraft’s arrival at the national airport “Minsk” is scheduled at 12.45, and the flight to Erbil – at 13.45. It is emphasized that changes in the flight schedule are possible.
Thus, the number of Iraqi Airways evacuation flights this week may reach four, and in total for November – seven.
In November, a group of migrants, mostly Kurds, was formed near the border of Belarus and Poland, which numbered over 2 thousand people. The migrants tried to break through the border with Poland at the “Bruzgi” checkpoint in the Grodno region (on the Polish side – “Kuznitsa”), but the attempt was stopped by the Polish security forces with the help of special equipment. The Belarusian authorities have prepared a transport and logistics center located near the border checkpoint to accommodate migrants.
On Friday, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that, in addition to the two thousandth refugee camp in the trade and logistics center near the border with Poland, in the republic there may now be about 2-3 thousand more migrants from the Middle East. At the same time, earlier, about a thousand migrants, according to him, voluntarily returned to their homeland. Migrants return both by evacuation flights and individually. At the same time, the refugees in the trade and logistics center, according to the Belarusian authorities, generally do not yet express a desire to return to their homeland, waiting for a humanitarian corridor to the EU countries.
Lithuania, Latvia and Poland recently reported an increase in the number of detained illegal migrants from the Middle East and Africa on the border with Belarus, Minsk was accused of creating a migration crisis. Minsk stated that they were not the organizers of the migration crisis. Lukashenko also 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.

The Lithuanian Border Guard Service is ready for "invasion" migrants, media reported

MOSCOW, November 27 – Thanks to the active assistance of the Lithuanian army and police, the border service will be able to quickly mobilize its forces in the event of a possible “armed invasion” of migrants from Belarus, said the head of the Lithuanian state border guard Rustamas Lyubaevas in an interview with the newspaper.Lietuvos ritas“.
“The actions of our service have recently been coordinated with the country’s army, since one of the possible scenarios on the part of illegal migrants is an armed invasion … The army and the police are especially helpful, so we will be able to quickly mobilize forces if there are any attempts to organize an armed invasion of our country “, – said Lyubaevas.
The head of the border service also noted that last week, routes for the delivery of migrants to the territory of Lithuania were discovered. “It is already clear that their transportation is organized by citizens of other countries. Recently, it has been established that among them there are many Ukrainian citizens with a residence permit in Poland,” he said.
According to Lyubaevas, there are now about 1000-1500 migrants on the border between Lithuania and Belarus. A barbed wire fence more than a hundred kilometers long has already been built, and it is planned to build a fence by the fall of next year.
Recently, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland reported an increase in the number of detained illegal migrants from the Middle East and Africa on the border with Belarus, Minsk was accused of creating a migration crisis. Minsk rejects all charges. 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 energy for this.” The border guards of Belarus have repeatedly stated about the forcible expulsion of migrants by Lithuania, Poland and Latvia to the Belarusian territory.

In Minsk, reported an increase in the number of export flights to Iraq

MINSK, 27 Nov – The national airport “Minsk” announced an increase in the number of export flights of the Iraqi Airways: another flight was added for November 29.
Earlier, the national airport “Minsk” said that on Friday-Saturday two humanitarian flights by Iraqi Airways are expected, which will take Iraqi migrants to Erbil from among those who unsuccessfully tried to get through the Belarusian territory to the EU. Both flights will be operated by Iraqi Airways on Boeing 747-400 aircraft, each carrying around 430 migrants. The first of these flights was originally expected to be operated on Friday evening, but in fact, it departed Friday night. The second of the announced flights is expected on Saturday at 23.45 (the same time as Moscow time). Meanwhile, on Saturday morning, a new flight of the Iraqi airline to Erbil, scheduled for 28 November, appeared in the schedule of the Minsk airport.
“According to the information received, two more export flights to Iraq will be operated on November 28 and 29 by Iraqi Airways,” the airport said in its Telegram channel.
About the flight on November 29, which was not previously reported, it explains that the arrival of the aircraft at the National Airport “Minsk” is expected at 20.45 (coincides with Moscow time), and the flight to Erbil – at 21.45. “Changes are possible in the flight schedule,” the message underlines.
Thus, the number of Iraqi Airways evacuation flights this week may reach five, and in total for November – seven.
In November, a group of migrants, mostly Kurds, was formed near the border of Belarus and Poland, which numbered over 2 thousand people. The migrants tried to break through the border with Poland at the “Bruzgi” checkpoint in the Grodno region (on the Polish side – “Kuznitsa”), but the attempt was stopped by the Polish security forces with the help of special equipment. The Belarusian authorities have prepared a transport and logistics center located near the border checkpoint to accommodate migrants.
On Friday, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that, in addition to the two thousandth refugee camp in the trade and logistics center near the border with Poland, in the republic there may now be about 2-3 thousand more migrants from the Middle East. At the same time, earlier, about a thousand migrants, according to him, voluntarily returned to their homeland. Migrants return both by evacuation flights and individually. At the same time, the refugees in the trade and logistics center, according to the Belarusian authorities, generally do not yet express a desire to return to their homeland, waiting for a humanitarian corridor to the EU countries.
Lithuania, Latvia and Poland recently reported an increase in the number of detained illegal migrants from the Middle East and Africa on the border with Belarus, Minsk was accused of creating a migration crisis. Minsk stated that they were not the organizers of the migration crisis. Lukashenko also 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.

NATO head urged the EU to work together to confront "hybrid attack" Belarus

BRUSSELS, 26 Nov – NATO and the EU must jointly resist the “hybrid attack” on the border with Belarus, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at a press conference in Brussels ahead of the bloc’s foreign ministers meeting in Riga on November 30 and December 1.
He also said that this topic is included in the agenda of the ministerial meeting.
“The foreign ministers of NATO member states will discuss the situation on the border with Belarus … A hybrid attack is being carried out against NATO allies – Poland, Latvia and Lithuania, which must be opposed jointly with the European Union,” he said.
Stoltenberg explained that “close cooperation between NATO and the EU is necessary to counter this hybrid campaign aimed at destabilizing our countries.”
The secretary general also added that the head of EU diplomacy Josep Borrell will take part in the meeting in Riga.
Recently, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland reported an increase in the number of detained illegal migrants from the Middle East and Africa on the border with Belarus, Minsk was accused of creating a migration crisis. Minsk rejects all charges. 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 energy for this.” The border guards of Belarus have repeatedly stated about the forcible expulsion of migrants by Lithuania, Poland and Latvia to the Belarusian territory.

Latvia said that Lukashenko does not know the number of migrants in Belarus

MOSCOW, 26 Nov – The exact number of migrants on the border of Belarus is unknown to anyone now, including the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, the numbers from 7 to 20 thousand sound, he said in an interview with the program “900 seconds” on the TV channel TV3 Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia Edgars Rinkevics.
“Nobody has exact information yet … We have heard numbers from 7 to 20 thousand … We know from the information provided by the regime itself that there are about 7 thousand of them, but it should be borne in mind that even Lukashenka himself may not know these numbers,” said Rinkevics.
In November, a group of migrants, mostly Kurds, was formed near the border of Belarus and Poland, which numbered over 2 thousand people. The migrants tried to break through the border with Poland at the “Bruzgi” checkpoint in the Grodno region (on the Polish side – “Kuznitsa”), but the attempt was stopped by the Polish security forces with the help of special equipment. The Belarusian authorities have prepared a transport and logistics center located near the border checkpoint to accommodate migrants.
In general, as Lukashenko’s press secretary Natalya Eismont reported in November, there are about 7,000 refugees in Belarus. Meanwhile, some migrants return home after unsuccessful attempts to enter the EU. In particular, in November, Iraqi Airways has already carried out three evacuation flights to Iraq, with which it returned home its migrant citizens who tried to enter the EU through Belarusian territory. Also, migrants return home individually. At the same time, the refugees in the trade and logistics center, according to the Belarusian authorities, have not yet expressed a desire to return to their homeland, awaiting a humanitarian corridor to the EU countries.
Lithuania, Latvia and Poland recently reported an increase in the number of detained illegal migrants from the Middle East and Africa on the border with Belarus, Minsk was accused of creating a migration crisis. Minsk stated that they were not the organizers of the migration crisis. Lukashenko also 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 energy for this.
Meanwhile, Poland has increased the number of security officials against the backdrop of the emergence of Middle Eastern refugees in the Belarusian-Polish spontaneous camp. The Ministry of Defense of Belarus said that Poland’s decision to concentrate 23,000 troops, tanks, air defense systems and other heavy weapons near the border with Belarus cannot be called an adequate response to the migration crisis. The department said that this is more like the creation of shock groupings of troops. The head of the Belarusian Defense Ministry Viktor Khrenin said that the buildup of NATO forces near the republic’s borders and the strengthening of the military component of Poland can be regarded as “a complex of measures to prepare for war.” According to him, it seems that Poland wants to unleash the conflict by dragging the EU into it.
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Latvian Foreign Minister expressed condolences to the families of those killed at the mine in Kuzbass

RIGA, 26 Nov – Latvian Foreign Minister Edgar Rinkevich expressed condolences in connection with the death of 52 miners at the Listvyazhnaya mine in Kuzbass.
“I express my deepest and most sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the accident at the Listvyazhnaya mine in Kuzbass. I wish the victims a speedy recovery,” Rinkevich wrote on Facebook.
Smoke at the Listvyazhnaya mine occurred on Thursday at about 08.30 (04.30 Moscow time) in the urban-type settlement of Gramoteinsky in the city of Belovo. There were 285 people in the mine. Killed, according to the latest data, 52 people, including six rescuers, more than 40 were injured. Search and rescue operations after an emergency at the mine were suspended due to the concentration of methane, which is explosive. Mourning was declared in the region from 26 to 28 November.
The accident at the Listvyazhnaya mine in Kuzbass
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Smoke on the “Listvyazhnaya” began at about 08.30 (04.30 Moscow time). There were 285 people underground at that moment.

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Smoke on the “Listvyazhnaya” began at about 08.30 (04.30 Moscow time). There were 285 people underground at that moment.

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Relatives of miners near the Listvyazhnaya mine.

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Relatives of miners near the Listvyazhnaya mine.

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The Governor of the Kemerovo Region Sergei Tsivilev headed the headquarters for the elimination of the consequences of the accident.

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The Governor of the Kemerovo Region Sergei Tsivilev headed the headquarters for the elimination of the consequences of the accident.

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Mine rescue units immediately began to withdraw people from the mine. 239 people were raised to the surface.

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Mine rescue units immediately began to withdraw people from the mine. 239 people were raised to the surface.

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As a result of the emergency, 11 miners were killed, more than 40 were injured. Several people were hospitalized in serious condition.

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As a result of the emergency, 11 miners were killed, more than 40 were injured. Several people were hospitalized in serious condition.

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After the emergency, 35 miners remain underground in the mine.

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After the emergency, 35 miners remain underground in the mine.

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19 departments of rescuers and 30 units of special equipment were sent to the scene.

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19 departments of rescuers and 30 units of special equipment were sent to the scene.

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After smoke pollution at the mine, a criminal case was initiated on violation of industrial safety.

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After smoke pollution at the mine, a criminal case was initiated on violation of industrial safety.

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The Prosecutor General’s Office took the situation under special control.

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The Prosecutor General’s Office took the situation under special control.

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Smoke on the “Listvyazhnaya” began at about 08.30 (04.30 Moscow time). There were 285 people underground at that moment.

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Relatives of miners near the Listvyazhnaya mine.

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The Governor of the Kemerovo Region Sergei Tsivilev headed the headquarters for the elimination of the consequences of the accident.

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Mine rescue units immediately began to withdraw people from the mine. 239 people were raised to the surface.

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As a result of the emergency, 11 miners were killed, more than 40 were injured. Several people were hospitalized in serious condition.

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After the emergency, 35 miners remain underground in the mine.

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19 departments of rescuers and 30 units of special equipment were sent to the scene.

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After smoke pollution at the mine, a criminal case was initiated on violation of industrial safety.

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The Prosecutor General’s Office took the situation under special control.

EC offers assistance to Lithuania, Latvia and Poland due to migration crisis

BRUSSELS, 23 Nov – The head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen proposed in connection with the migration crisis on the borders with Belarus to significantly increase assistance to Poland, Lithuania and Latvia to ensure border security.
“Every year we spend about one billion dollars on Frontex, the European Commission decided to go further. We propose to triple the funds currently allocated to Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. These urgent measures should help to cope with the current situation,” she said, speaking before members of the European Parliament at the plenary session in Strasbourg.

The head of the Polish parliament called for new sanctions against Belarus

WARSAW, 23 Nov – The heads of the parliaments of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia called for the immediate introduction of new sanctions against Belarus.
“We strongly condemn the continuing instrumentalization of illegal migration, sponsored by the Belarusian regime; we call for the immediate implementation of a new package of sanctions against the Lukashenka regime,” the heads of parliament said in a joint statement.
The signatories of the document claim that “the aggressive actions of the illegal regime (President of Belarus) Alexander Lukashenko have reached an unprecedented level.” “They provoke a crisis on the external borders of the EU, threaten the security of the entire region and deliberately endanger the lives of defenseless people. This is a violation of international law and political obligations and a disregard for fundamental human rights,” the document says.
The politicians said that “the responsibility for normalizing the situation at the border lies entirely” with Minsk, “and the EU and its member states should continue to be guided by common decisions and political positions.”
The heads of parliaments said that “there is an urgent need to adapt the EU’s legal achievements to the new realities in order to ensure tight protection of the EU’s external borders and to ensure effective measures to prevent illegal border crossings.” “We are awaiting proposals from the European Commission to adjust the EU legal framework, with specific measures with appropriate financial support to improve border security and thus strengthen the EU’s external borders,” the statement said.
Several thousand migrants have accumulated on the border of Belarus and Poland in recent weeks, hoping to get to the EU countries. The Polish authorities have strengthened border security, pulled in the military and thwarted attempts by illegal immigrants to enter the country, blaming Minsk for the migration crisis. All these accusations are denied by Belarus, claiming that Poland is forcibly expelling migrants to its territory and artificially aggravating the situation with refugees.
The Belarusian authorities promptly organized the provision of medical assistance to migrants, providing them with food and clothing.