Russian President Vladimir Putin and acting German Chancellor Angela Merkel devoted a telephone conversation to the situation with migrants on the border of Belarus with Poland for the second day in a row. However, this time, they have also discussed the Ukrainian issue as the Kremlin and Merkel’s Chancellery reported.
According to the sources, the dialogue was short, and mainly concerned Belarus.
“The phone call was about the current situation on the Belarusian-Polish border. The Chancellor stressed that the instrumentalization of migrants against the European Union by the Belarusian regime was inhuman and completely unacceptable, and asked the Russian president to influence the regime in Minsk," Merkel's press service reported on November 10.
According to Kremlin, the Russian president proposed to establish a discussion of the problems that have arisen in direct contacts between representatives of the EU member states and Minsk.
However, the next day they had to pay much more attention to the problem of migrants at European borders.
Today's conversation was initiated by Berlin.
According to Merkel's press service, during an exchange of views with the Russian president on the current situation on the Belarusian-Polish border, the chancellor noted that "the reason for this was the Belarusian regime, which uses defenseless people in a hybrid attack on the European Union."
The administration of the Russian leader said that Vladimir Putin spoke in favor of restoring contacts between the EU states and Belarus in order to resolve this problem.
Moreover, Merkel raised the issue of resolving the situation in Donbas.
"The Chancellor also touched upon the security situation in the vicinity and in the east of Ukraine and called on the Russian President to advance negotiations in the Normandy format to implement the Minsk agreements on a peaceful settlement of the conflict," the office said in a press release.
Putin’s press service replied that when discussing the conflict in Ukraine, the president "drew attention to the destructive policy of Kyiv, which increasingly relies on forceful methods, including the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in violation of the Minsk Agreements."
Moreover, the Russian side accused the United States and a number of NATO countries of the activity of their armed forces in the Black Sea, which is "destabilizing and dangerous."
As it was reported on November 8, Belarusian journalists have published a video of a large crowd of migrants heading to the Polish border. It is noted that, according to preliminary estimates, several hundred refugees were heading for the border. Among the migrants were children.
In this regard, the Ministry of Defense of Poland has increased the level of combat readiness of troops. Currently, more than 12,000 soldiers are on duty at the border, they are in a state of combat readiness. At the same time, migrants claim that their ultimate goal is not Poland, but Germany.
Migrants have set up a camp near the Polish border. According to the Polish authorities, there are 3-4,000 illegal migrants in the immediate vicinity of the border.
Head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen called on the EU countries to approve an extended sanctions regime against Belarus due to the situation with migrants on the Polish border.