Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko threatens to cut off gas supplies to the EU if Europe introduces new sanctions: “If new sanctions are introduced against us, we must respond.”
The threat was voiced today, on Thursday, in connection with the responsibility imposed on Belarus for the immigration crisis at the Polish border, Belta news agency reports. Quoting Lukashenko and APE-MPE:
“Europe is heating up and they are still threatening to close our borders. What if we turn off the gas supply? Therefore, I would recommend that the Polish leadership, Lithuanians and other mindless people think before speaking. “
According to Warsaw data, 3,000 to 4,000 migrants are currently on the border between Poland and Belarus, on the Lithuanian-Belarusian border. Emergency mode introduced… The head of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, says that the EU refuses to discuss border crisis… Vladimir McKay told RIA Novosti that the European Union has stopped funding Minsk to strengthen border infrastructure and build centers for receiving migrants from 2020. The reciprocal step of the Belarusians was the termination of compliance with the agreements with Brussels on readmission to Belarus of migrants illegally entering the European Union from its territory. He says:
“We offered the EU to consult on this issue, but were refused. Since then, we have repeatedly proposed starting a dialogue on this issue, but have not received a positive response. The current immigration crisis is the result of the “reckless policy” of Brussels, which invited the refugees and said they would be welcome. “
The head of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry assured that Minsk is in favor of resolving the crisis “as soon as possible.” The European Union, on the other hand, accuses Lukashenka of provoking this situation by issuing many months of permits to immigrants to enter the territory of Belarus, so that they can then be taken to the border. Its main goal is to take revenge on Brussels for imposing sanctions on its regime for the brutal repression of the opposition. A passing one is to create conditions for destabilizing the European Union.
Le Monde newspaper has revealed the ways for migrants to obtain tourist visas at the Belarusian embassy in Lebanon. Then they boarded charter flights from Beirut or Istanbul to Minsk, and those who met them at the airport took the migrants in an organized manner to the border with Poland.