Merkel, Lukashenko discuss migrants near EU borders

Source : 112 Ukraine

Both sides agreed that humanitarian aid should be provided to the illegal migrants
10:20, 16 November 2021

Belarus Partisan

Acting German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko discussed by telephone ways to solve the problem of congestion of migrants near the borders of the European Union, Merkel's office and Lukashenko's press service report.

"The Chancellor and Mr. Lukashenko spoke about the difficult situation on the border between Belarus and the European Union - especially about the need for humanitarian aid for the refugees and migrants there," the press service of the German Chancellor reports.

Minsk confirmed that during the dialogue between the leaders of the two countries, special attention was paid to humanitarian support for refugees.

"In detail, the conversation touched upon the ways and prospects of solving the migration problem in order to prevent an escalation of the situation at the border," Lukashenko's office states.

It was also noted that his conversation with the German Prime Minister lasted about 50 minutes.

Lukashenko and Merkel agreed on further contacts to resolve the situation.

This was the first dialogue between the head of the EU member state and Alexander Lukashenko after the presidential elections in Belarus in August 2020. Brussels does not recognize the results of this vote, according to which the victory was assigned to Lukashenko.

On November 8, hundreds of migrants were seen at the Polish-Belarusian border. Therefore, the Polish government immediately pulled the soldiers on alert to the borders, and Lukashenko asked for help from Russian aviation to guarantee security at the country's borders.

It soon became known that the Belarusian security forces were trying to push 35 people to the Polish border, the overwhelming majority of whom were women and children.

According to the Polish border service, on the night of November 13, the Belarusian military tried to break through the fence on the border with Poland using a service car. In addition, the migrants used tear gas against the Polish services, which they received from the Belarusian security forces. Besides, Belarusian security officers offer alcohol to migrants, who gathered on the border with Poland, to increase aggressive sentiment among them.

On November 15 it became known that Belarusian security forces are forcing migrants to cut a fence on the border with Poland and move on The border crossing was planned to take place today at 9:00 am (Polish time).

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