Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s press service informed that during a conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, he presented “a proposal to resolve the situation” on the border with the European Union. Concern over the events on the Polish-Belarusian border is expressed by a number of European countries and institutions. As the head of EU diplomacy Josep Borrell emphasizes, the EU continues to observe hybrid aggression, for which the Lukashenka regime is responsible.
– I presented a proposal to solve the situation – said Alyaksandr Lukashenka during the Tuesday meeting with officials. According to a press release from President Angela Merkel is to “discuss this issue with the members of the European Union”. “Then one more conversation is to take place,” the service said, quoted by the state-owned BiełTA agency.
Lukashenka said that he and the interviewee agreed that “no one needs escalation, neither the EU nor Belarus”, arguing that Belarus “never sought to escalate”.
Conversation with Minsk and Moscow
Telephone Lukashenka’s conversation with Merkel was held on Monday. According to the press office of the federal government, “a number of problems were discussed, in particular the situation of refugees on the Belarusian-Polish, Belarus-Lithuanian and Belarus-Latvian borders”.
The conversation “also discussed in detail the ways and perspectives of solving the migration problem in order to prevent the escalation of the situation at the border”. The conversation also touched on the issue of humanitarian aid for refugees.
Earlier, the Belarusian channel Puł Firstogo on Telegram reported that “the conversation between Lukashenka and the acting chancellor of Germany lasted about 50 minutes.”
Angela Merkel previously talked by phone about the migration crisis at the borders of Belarus with EU countries, including the president of Russia Vladimir Putin. “It was emphasized that it is important to settle the crisis as soon as possible in accordance with humanitarian standards,” the Kremlin said. “Vladimir Putin spoke in favor of renewing contacts between EU countries and Belarus in order to resolve the problem,” the Kremlin’s communique issued after the conversation said.
Concern over the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border is expressed by a number of European countries and institutions.
The head of EU diplomacy Josep Borrell said on Monday that the European Union will impose sanctions on people and entities in Belarus in the coming days, stressing that EU foreign ministers have reached a political agreement on this issue.
As Borrell said, the EU continues to observe the hybrid aggression for which the Lukashenka regime is responsible. – We agreed to extend the scope of sanctions to the Belarusian regime. From today, we will be able to sanction more people for organizing these flights with people from several countries to Belarus, and from there to the EU border. We have agreed to adopt the fifth package of sanctions, which will be finalized in the coming days, he added.
Earlier, they spoke about the migration crisis at the Polish border US President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and US chief of diplomacy Antony Blinken. – This is a source of great concern. We informed Russia about our concern, we informed Belarus about our concern, said Biden.
Harris said the US was paying “special attention” to the crisis, and the head of the State Department indicated that the US was considering using “various tools” against the Minsk regime.
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