Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko admitted in an interview with the BBC that it was “quite possible” that his forces would help migrants cross into Poland.
We are slav. We have a heart. “Our forces know that the migrants are going to Germany,” Lukashenko said. BBC. “Maybe someone helped them. But I won’t even investigate.
Thousands of migrants, mostly from the Middle East, are staying in Belarus on the border with Poland, hoping to cross into the European Union. According to the European Union countries, Belarus is to blame for this situation. The country is said to be helping migrants cross the Polish border to pressure Brussels to ease sanctions.
In the interview, Lukashenko denies inviting immigrants to Belarus. “I told the European Union that I will not detain migrants at the border because they will not come to my country, they are going to the European Union,” Lukashenko said. “But I didn’t invite them here. To be honest, I don’t want them to go through Belarus.
Lukashenko has been in power since 1994, but his re-election as president last year was met with great skepticism by the West and not recognized by the European Union. After the election result large protests.
In the interview, Lukashenko admitted that his security services beat people who took to the streets against his prison regime. “Okay, well, I admit it, I admit it. People were beaten up in Okristina prison. But the police officers were also beaten and you don’t show it.
The Polish border guards learned of the deaths of at least seven people at the border. At least ten people were killed, according to a human rights organization.
Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO, continues to describe the situation at the border very worrying. “The Lukashenko regime’s use of vulnerable people to pressure other countries is ludicrous and inhumane.”