Lukashenko slams the EU’s refusal to hold talks on immigration​​

The leader of the Belarusian dictatorship criticized the EU for refusing to hold talks on the influx of immigrants into the country and bordering Poland.

MOSCOW-On Monday, the leader of the Belarusian dictatorship severely criticized the EU’s refusal to hold talks on the influx of immigrants into the country’s border with Poland.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko urged Germany to accept about 2,000 immigrants who remained at the Polish border and criticized EU officials for refusing to negotiate an end to the deadlock.

“We must ask the Germans to take them away,” Lukashenko said during a meeting with officials.

He accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel of promising to him on the phone this month that the European Union will deal with the issue.

EU spokesperson Peter Stano said that the EU has “maintained contact with some Belarusian interlocutors” and added that it is studying the possibility of technical expert-level talks with UN agencies and Belarusian officials on how to help repatriate trapped persons. Belarus.

The European Union accuses the Lukashenko government of carefully orchestrated the migration of its east wing as a “hybrid attack” in retaliation for the EU’s sanctions against the Belarusian authorities for suppressing domestic protests. Belarus denies the allegations.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas once again condemned the Lukashenko government for “cynically abusing immigration” on Monday.

Poland is pushing migrants back, saying it is protecting the borders of all of Europe.It has received strong support statements from the European Union, NATO and the United States

The spokesperson of the Polish security forces, Stanislaw Zaryn, posted a video on Twitter on Monday showing that Russian parliamentarian Vitaly Milonov on the Belarusian side used Russian to defend the Polish border. The guard made a satirical comment.

“Catholic, where is your love for your neighbors? Your faith is more important to you than your salary and Brussels’ instructions,” said Mironov, a member of Russia’s ruling United Russia Party, in Bruzgy-Kuz Shouted the closed checkpoint in Nitsia.

Poland is a country dominated by Roman Catholicism.

The International Rescue Committee stated that 13 migrants have been killed in the forests on both sides of the border. Others gave up hope of reaching Europe and flew back to the Middle East.

Humanitarian groups and the Catholic Church have been urging to be allowed to provide assistance to stranded immigrants.

Lukashenko fired back at the Polish authorities on Monday, accusing them of “trying to solve Belarus’ internal and external problems by putting pressure on Belarus as the culprit in the Polish problem.”

He insisted that these immigrants had been heading west to Germany to find relatives.

“We didn’t let anyone cross the border,” he said. “Those people are going there on their own. We don’t want any confrontation…but we will do our best to protect the hapless people.”

Polish Border Guard spokesperson Anna Mikhalska said that on Sunday, more than 300 migrants tried to enter the European Union through barbed wire. She said that most people were stopped, and about 60 people were stopped. She said that in one case, with the help of the Belarusian army, about 150 “aggressive foreigners” tried to cross the border, using laser pointers and spotlights to blind the Polish border guards.

She said Poland is planning to provide hundreds of Iraqis with flights back to protected immigration centers in the country.

She said that of the approximately 1,900 migrants in these centers, more than 1,200 are Iraqis. Approximately 700 people have applied for international protection and are waiting for a decision on whether they can stay in the EU. Poland wants to fly others back.

Mihalska said Poland is seeking permission from Baghdad to take the first batch of about 80 Iraqis on chartered flights in the next few days.

“We are cooperating with the Iraqi side, and the Iraqi side needs to agree to accept its citizens,” Mihalska said.

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Scislowska reports from Warsaw, Poland. Raf Caset of Brussels contributed to this report.

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