MINSK, December 7 (BelTA) – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Bulgaria Aleksandr Lukashevich held a briefing for representatives of the Bulgarian mass media on December 7th. The Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told BelTA that the migrant crisis is one of the subjects of the briefing.
The diplomat said: “I’ll answer the key question in a moment: the migrant crisis on the Belarusian border came about through no fault of Belarus. In search of a better future, people leave their homes in war-torn countries. Belarus did not force them to do so. The ruthless politics of western countries, which had started wars and conflicts in the countries of the migrants, did it. “
According to him, the current migrant crisis was catalyzed by actions of the European Union, which ended all joint projects with Belarus, aimed at strengthening and managing borders, creating and modernizing facilities to accommodate illegal migrants. “Since April 2021 we have repeatedly contacted the European Commission with a proposal to agree consultations on this issue, but the European Union unfortunately stubbornly refuses to have such a dialogue and is politicizing the problem. Therefore, the Belarusian side, which is facing economic sanctions, cannot stem the flood of migrants and refugees on its own, ”said Alexander Lukashevich.
Instead of building constructive interactions and violating the provisions of the 1951 Refugee Convention, the Polish and Lithuanian authorities, in violation of international humanitarian law, resort to the tactic of forcibly forcing migrants back into Belarus. “Unfortunately, some even died,” said the ambassador.
The ambassador explained the context and mentioned the events that occurred on November 16 on the Belarusian-Polish border. He said: “It was utter cynicism on the part of Poland. The Polish military used water cannons, tear gas and stun grenades against refugees. In some cases, water cannons have been used to distribute chemicals that are said to kill insects and are highly irritating. “
To keep warm, the refugees have set up tents directly on the asphalt and concrete on the checkpoint grounds, and fires are being made near them. Middle Eastern immigrants continue to wait for a humanitarian corridor for further travel to EU countries.
Despite a certain stabilization of the border situation, Polish police personnel regularly use water cannons against refugees at the border control and in the surrounding area. The refugees try to distance themselves, cover up children and dry their clothes.
After investigating the crime scene (a section of the Belarusian-Polish border in the area of the Bruzgi border checkpoint on Belarusian territory), objects were collected on November 16 and presented to the state forensic investigation committee for chemical investigations.
Another mass media briefing took place in Kazakhstan. The focus was on the 30th anniversary of the Belarusian-Kazakh partnership. In addition to the bilateral agenda, the discussion of the results and perspectives of the long-term cooperation between the two countries, the extraordinary and plenipotentiary Ambassador of Belarus to Kazakhstan Pavel Utyupin also spoke about the refugee situation on the Belarusian-Polish border and the Belarusian-Lithuanian border.
Relentless attempts to demonize Belarus and make the country appear as the main source of tension in the region were mentioned. The collective West has chosen a new tactic: artificial escalation of the situation at the border, escalation of the military-political situation in the Eastern Europe region as a justification for establishing the military presence of NATO near the Belarusian border, near the external border of the Union state of Belarus and Russia.
Pavel Utyupin pointed out that the West turns a blind eye when the migrants seeking protection in the European Union are people who have lost their homes, property and livelihood as a result of the destructive policies of the European Union and the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. The events in Syria, Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan have shown convincingly that the introduction of a violent democracy will only lead to chaos, devastation and destabilization and bring suffering and suffering to entire nations.
While the refugee crisis continues, the West has introduced another package of sanctions against Belarus.
Participants in the briefing were familiarized with the text of the speech by Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei at a meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Stockholm, Sweden on December 2, 2021, as well as a book on the crimes of Poland and Lithuania against refugees.