US President Joe Biden met the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen at the White House. After its end, von der Leyen said that the talks concerned, inter alia, the situation on the eastern border of the EU. – This is not a bilateral issue of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Belarus, it is a challenge for the entire European Union – she stated.
“The president and the president will discuss a wide range of topics related to the EU-US partnership. In particular, they will refer to the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border,” European Commission spokeswoman Dana Spinant informed before the meeting.
Ursula von der Leyen on the migration crisis: this is a challenge for the entire European Union
After the meeting, Ursula von der Leyen said that among the topics discussed was the situation on the Belarusian border with the EU. – This is not a bilateral issue of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Belarus, it is a challenge for the entire European Union. And this is not a migration crisis, it is an attempt by an authoritarian regime to destabilize democratic neighbors, she said. As she added, “this attempt will fail.”
– We know these patterns, we are used to them. We have seen the attempts to influence our democratic elections, we have seen disinformation campaigns, we have seen cyber attacks, and now there is an instrumentalization of migrants on the EU border with Belarus – stated von der Leyen.
– We must protect our democracies against such cynical geopolitical play. We discussed this with President Joe Biden, she added.
The head of the European Commission: new EU sanctions at the beginning of next week
– We have absolutely the same assessment with President Biden that the crisis on the border with Belarus is the result of a hybrid attack by the authoritarian regime. This attack will fail, we will protect our democracies, stressed the head of the European Commission.
– We agreed that we will coordinate efforts in favor of the countries of origin of migrants, so that they look after their citizens, so that they do not benefit from the Lukashenka regime – added von der Leyen. – We also agreed to review the possibility of imposing sanctions on airlines that facilitate smuggling of people to Minsk and then to the border of Belarus with the European Union – she stated.
“US agencies in Belarus have access to these migrants,” she said. “This is a difficult situation for these people,” she said.
The head of the European Commission also announced an extension of sanctions against Belarus “at the beginning of next week”. “As far as I know, the United States has prepared a sanctions package that will enter into force in early December,” she added.
She said that the new EU sanctions “will not only be directed against individuals, but will also target companies” – It is important for the Lukashenka regime to understand that such behavior comes at a price – emphasized von der Leyen.
As von der Leyen said, her talks with Biden were “very productive” and, in addition to the question of the border with Belarus, also covered other international topics, including the pandemic.
The meeting was held with the participation of wider delegations. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Director for European Affairs of the National Security Council Amanda Sloat also participated in the talks on the White House side.
The state of emergency at the border with Belarus
On Monday morning, the media published information about a large group of migrants walking on the Belarusian side towards the border with Poland. Migrants gathered near Kuźnica. The Ministry of National Defense informed in the afternoon that the services of the Ministry of Interior and Administration and soldiers had managed to stop the first mass attempt to cross the border. The migrants have set up a camp in the Kuźnica region, they are guarded by the Belarusian services.
Since September 2, due to the migratory pressure, a state of emergency has been in force in 183 towns in the Podlaskie and Lubelskie provinces adjacent to the border with Belarus. A dam is to be built on the border with Belarus in the first half of 2022.
When reporting on the events at the border, the media can use almost exclusively official government recordings and information. Journalists have no access to the area covered by the state of emergency.
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