Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s goal is to take revenge on the European Union for imposing sanctions on him for repression and violations of human rights in Belarus, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcin Przydacz said in an interview with the BBC. He assessed that the risk of an escalation of the migration crisis is high and that we, as the European Union and NATO, should stop the leaders of Belarus and Russia by sending them the right political signals.
Marcin Przydacz said that, according to estimates, there are around 12,000 people on the border with Poland, but he made the reservation that it was difficult to assess, as the Belarusian authorities were bringing new migrants to the border every day. He stressed that this was not an ordinary migration crisis, but was artificially created by the authorities in Minsk, and there was no doubt that migrants were encouraged by KGB and Belarusian border guards to force the border through and were provided with tools to do so.
– (Alyaksandr) Lukashenka’s goal is, of course, to take revenge on us, the European Union, for imposing sanctions on him for the repression and violation of human rights in Belarus. The second thing is that he makes money by collecting money from immigrants and finally he wants to force us to recognize that he is the de facto leader of this country. For (Russian President Vladimir) Putin, the goal is different – further destabilization of the eastern flank, testing the unity of the European Union, testing NATO’s unity and testing the resilience of European societies, not with our own hands, but, as always, through intermediaries, through the Belarusian government – said the deputy head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in response when asked about the goals of triggering the migration crisis.
Deputy head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: do we really believe that Putin is a humanitarian man?
When asked about the accusations made by Putin that the Polish border guard and the army were treating immigrants in a brutal way, Przydacz replied: – Do we really believe that Putin is a humanitarian man and should teach us a lesson in humanity? Mr. Putin who started so many wars in the world?
He stressed that the help of the EU border protection agency Frontex would not have prevented the crisis, because it has less than a thousand officers, while Poland has already sent 15,000 soldiers to the border. He pointed out that the solution to the crisis did not depend on Frontex, but on the political will of Lukashenka and Putin. “We should stop them by sending them the right political signals and strategic messages, and that is what we are doing with our friends in the EU and other NATO members,” he said. He explained that such a message for Lukashenka was the fifth package of sanctions agreed by the EU.
Przydacz pointed out that disputes between Poland and the EU regarding the rule of law or the primacy of law do not affect the migration crisis, and Poland does not ask the EU for help, as it is part of it, and the Polish border is also the EU border. – I think it is in the interest of all of us that this border is well protected. It is about the security of Europe, the security of the European Union, and that is why we are together. All 27 members (EU) speak with one voice – indicated the deputy head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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