European Commission President urges to expand sanctions against Belarus due to situation with migrants

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ursula von der Leyen believes that Belarus uses migrants to put pressure on the EU
11:17, 9 November 2021

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The President 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. This was reported by the press service of the European Commission.

"The Belarusian authorities must understand that pressuring the European Union in this way through a cynical instrumentalisation of migrants will not help them succeed in their purposes...I am calling on Member States to finally approve the extended sanctions regime on the Belarusian authorities responsible for this hybrid attack," he stated.

In addition, von der Leyen stressed that the EU will in particular explore how to sanction, including through blacklisting, third country airlines that are active in human trafficking.

She also promised that the Commission will explore with the UN and its specialised agencies how to prevent a humanitarian crisis from unfolding and to ensure that migrants can be safely returned to their country of origin, with the support of their national authorities.

Related: Polish police detains Ukrainian transporting illegal migrants

Earlier, on November 8, Belarusian journalists published a video showing a large crowd of migrants heading for the Polish border. It is noted that, according to preliminary estimates, several hundred refugees were walking towards the border. There were also children among the migrants.

Due to this, the Polish Ministry of Defense has increased the level of combat readiness of the troops. More than 12,000 soldiers are now keeping watch at the border, they are on alert.

Migrants have set up camp near the Polish border. According to the Polish authorities, there were 3-4,000 illegal migrants in the immediate vicinity of the border.

Related: Lithuania begins construction of wall on border with Belarus due to situation with migrants

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