Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday that Russia considers the words of Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki to be “irresponsible and unacceptable” that Russia is responsible for the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border. In turn, Angela Merkel, the outgoing Chancellor of Germany, spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin. She stressed that the instrumentalization of migrants against the European Union by the Belarusian regime was inhuman and completely unacceptable.
Due to the situation at the border, an extraordinary session of the Sejm was held on Tuesday. The head of government emphasized on himthat the security of the eastern border is being violated “in a very brutal way”. – This is the first such situation in 30 years when we can say that the security and integrity of our borders is so brutally attacked and tested – said the Prime Minister.
Morawiecki assessed that Russia’s imperial policy is progressing, and that the next steps by the Moscow authorities are spread over time. According to the head of the Polish government, Lukashenka is merely a performer of tasks commissioned by the Russian president Vladimir Putin to rebuild Russia’s position.
Peskov on the Prime Minister’s words
– We consider the words of the Polish prime minister that Russia is responsible for this situation to be absolutely irresponsible and unacceptable. This statement is absolutely irresponsible and unacceptable, the Kremlin spokesman said at a daily press briefing.
Peskov also argued that the EU had allowed similar groups of migrants in the past and that its actions to close the border were now directed against Minsk. According to the Russian TASS agency, Peskov called the possible decision to close the Polish-Belarusian border “an attempt to strangle Belarus”.
Peskov assessed that the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border does not currently pose any threats to Russia. – There are currently no threats. Cooperation is ongoing, the necessary steps are being taken, but – once again – the Belarusian migration authorities take a very responsible position on this matter, he said.
In his words, Russia is watching the events on the Polish-Belarusian border with increased attention in connection with the strengthening of the military presence in the region. When asked if Russia was planning to strengthen its forces, he replied that Moscow “is watching with increased attention what is happening there.”
The Kremlin spokesman did not want to comment on the work of the Belarusian border services. He stated that the way in which Belarus protects the border is an “internal affair” of the country. He argued that Moscow has never concealed that it is ready to help Belarus in the most difficult times and is already doing so, providing it with “economic, but also any other necessary assistance”.
He also stated that a humanitarian catastrophe could occur on the Polish-Belarusian border and accused European countries of not wanting – as he put it – to show “attachment to their European values”.
Unfortunately, these are not the only absurd words Russia has recently said in connection with the migration crisis. On Tuesday, the head of Russian diplomacy, Sergey Lavrov, compared the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border with the wave of refugees from Turkey. – The European Union financially supported the refugees staying in Turkey – he said. In his opinion, the European Union could help Belarus in the same way.
Russia is Belarus’s strongest ally, and its support has helped Lukashenko to survive mass protests against his rule last year after the disputed elections. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met his Belarusian counterpart Vladimir Makey in Moscow on Wednesday, and both criticized the way the EU was dealing with the crisis, saying it had refused to engage in dialogue with Minsk.
Merkel’s conversation with Putin
Reuters reports that Merkel spoke about the situation on the border with Putin by phone. She was to tell the Russian president that the instrumentalization of migrants was “inhuman” and unacceptable, a spokesman for the German government said. She also called on the Russian president to put pressure on the Belarusian government in this matter.
“The Russian president suggested that the problems that arose should be discussed in direct contact between the representatives of the European Union’s member states and Minsk,” reads a statement published on the Kremlin’s website.
According to Russia, Putin and Merkel analyzed the situation at the border in detail and “expressed concern about the humanitarian consequences of the migration crisis”. The conversation took place on the initiative of Germany – added in the statement.
Belarus airspace patrol
Russia’s defense ministry said on Wednesday that two Russian Tu-22M3 bombers had carried out a patrol in Belarus’s airspace.
The bombers have trained their cooperation with the ground command points of the armed forces of Belarus and Russia, the Ministry of Defense said. According to the statement of the Ministry of Defense, the bombers have already returned to the airport in Russia after the patrol, which took place on Wednesday.
State of emergency
Since the spring, the number of attempts to illegally cross the Belarusian border with Lithuania, Latvia and Poland by migrants from the Middle East, Africa and other regions has increased sharply. The EU and its member states believe that this is the result of the deliberate actions of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s regime, which instrumentally uses migrants in response to sanctions.
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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