Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko warned that Warsaw could increase tensions on those trapped, but his country does not want a confrontation with Poland, but of 2,000 people stuck at the border He says he wants to accept immigrants.
The EU has accused Belarus of flying thousands of people from the Middle East and forcing them to travel to the EU via Poland, Lithuania and Latvia in response to European sanctions. Minsk denies contributing to the crisis.
Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Moravietski warned on Sunday that the immigration crisis at the Belarusian border could be a precursor to “worse”, and Polish border guards said Belarusian troops were still carrying immigrants to the border.
Lukashenko said he did not want the situation to escalate, as quoted by the state-owned Bertha news agency.
“We need to go to Poles, all Pauls and show them that we are not barbarians and do not want conflict. We do not need it. When we go too far I understand that there will be a war. It’s unavoidable. “
“And it will be a catastrophe. We fully understand this. We do not want any kind of relapse.”
Poland has threatened to break the train link between the two countries if the situation does not improve, and Lukashenko was reportedly saying the threat could backfire.
In such a scenario, he said, rail traffic could be diverted to pass through the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine.
Last Thursday, the European Commission and Germany publicly rejected Belarus’ proposal that EU countries would accept 2,000 migrants currently in their territory.
However, according to Bertha, Lukashenko said on Monday that Germany had to insist on accepting some immigrants and complained that the EU had not contacted Minsk on the matter.
Belarus’ plans also include Minsk returning about 5,000 migrants, and Lukashenko said Belarus is preparing a second flight to return migrants at the end of the month. Last week, more than 400 Iraqis were sent back to Iraq on their first such return flight since August.
Poland says Belarusian troops were still carrying immigrants to the frontier, even though they wiped out major immigrant camps near the border last week.
The Polish Border Guard said on Monday that a group of about 150 migrants tried to break through the border fence near the village of Dubicze Cerkiewne on Sunday.
“The group is making such attempts and Belarusian authorities are becoming more and more aggressive,” Polish security services spokesman Stanislav Zarin said on Twitter.
Belarus denies stirring border rush
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