Lukashenko and Merkel discussed migrants at the border for almost an hour

The leaders of the countries discussed the prospects for solving the migration problem and providing humanitarian assistance to refugees. They also agreed on further contacts

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and acting German Chancellor Angela Merkel held telephone talks and discussed the situation on the Belarusian-Polish border, BelTA informs.

“During the conversation, a number of problems were discussed, first of all, the situation with refugees at the Belarusian-Polish, Belarusian-Lithuanian and Belarusian-Latvian borders. In detail, the conversation touched upon the ways and prospects of solving the migration problem in order to prevent an escalation of the situation at the border '', & mdash; said in the message.

In addition, Lukashenko and Merkel discussed in detail the provision of humanitarian support to refugees and agreed on further contacts.

The conversation between the leaders of the two states lasted more than 50 minutes.

The situation on the border between Poland and Belarus escalated on November 8, when a group of several thousand migrants approached the border area and tried to break through the barriers several times … Against this background, Poland has strengthened the protection of the border area and threatened to completely close the border with Belarus.

Earlier that day, the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, announced the approval of the fifth package of sanctions against Belarus due to the aggravation on the Belarusian-Polish border. In addition, Borrell confirmed that the EU Foreign Ministers had decided to expand sanctions against Belarus for “ organizing the influx of migrants '' in the EU.

In response, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that he was ready for a tough response to possible sanctions, including that he was ready to block the transit of natural gas from Russia, which goes through the Yamal pipeline & mdash; Europe to Poland and Germany. He also said that he was ready to take refugees to Germany by Belavia planes. “ If the Poles do not provide a humanitarian corridor, they prevent it, we can 'Belavia' take them to Munich '', & mdash; Lukashenko said.

Last fall, after mass protests following the presidential elections in Belarus, many EU countries, including Germany, refused to recognize Lukashenko as the country's legitimate president. So, in November 2020, the Bundestag adopted a resolution on non-recognition of the presidential elections in Belarus. German parliamentarians argue that the president of the republic, Alexander Lukashenko, achieved victory by means of “ massive falsifications '' and with the help of a 'loyal electoral commission'. Previously, he cleared out the electoral field, “ arresting his competitors, '' which deprives him of legitimacy, the resolution says.

Lukashenko insisted that the elections were fair, and the protesters were supported by Western countries.

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