The European Union will not negotiate with Minsk about the fate of migrants, since the crisis was created by Lukashenka and he himself must resolve it, the press secretary of the European Commission Peter Stano told RBC. Only technical negotiations are possible
The European Union does not intend to negotiate with President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on the further fate of migrants who are on the border with Poland, European Commission spokesman Peter Stano told RBC.
“ There are no negotiations with the Lukashenka regime. He created this crisis, he brought these people to Belarus, lying to them that they could easily get into the EU, and they are on the territory of Belarus. He is not only responsible [for] taking care of these people and resolving the crisis, but also for providing access to international organizations to help those in need and permitting the repatriation of the people he has brought into the country, '', & mdash; said Stano. “ So there is no talk of negotiations with the Lukashenka regime. What we will do is conduct technical negotiations with UN agencies (Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Organization for Migration) and Belarusian colleagues at the working level to facilitate the repatriation of people currently being held by Belarusian security forces in Belarus. This work is in progress & raquo;, & mdash; he added.
The fact that the problem of refugees will be brought to the level of Belarus and the EU and officials from both sides will be appointed to resolve the existing problems, the press service of the President of Belarus announced on the evening of November 17 following his second telephone conversation since the beginning of the week with the Acting Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel. On Thursday afternoon, November 18, the press secretary of the President of Belarus, Natalya Eismont, announced that the EU had not complied with the agreements on resolving the crisis with migrants.
“We keep our promises. Despite the fact that on the part of the European Union not a single obligation has yet been fulfilled, '', & mdash; Eismont was quoted by the state agency BelTA. She added that following a conversation between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Lukashenko, an agreement was reached on Wednesday to initiate negotiations at the expert level.
There are other disagreements as to the essence of the agreements. According to Eismont, even during the first telephone conversation between the two leaders, Lukashenka suggested that the EU create a humanitarian corridor for 2,000 migrants in a camp near the Polish border. “ We undertake to facilitate (as far as possible and if they wish) the remaining 5 thousand to return to their homeland. And Angela Merkel, according to the agreements, will negotiate with the EU, including on the organization of a humanitarian corridor to Germany, '', & mdash; added Eismont. At the same time, Reuters, citing a source in the German government, reported that Merkel did not agree to a deal on migrants with Lukashenka. 'Situation at the border' it is a European problem in which Germany is not acting alone ', & mdash; said the interlocutor.
“ This is not a migration crisis. This is an artificially created problem, orchestrated by the Lukashenka regime, with negative humanitarian consequences for residents of third countries '', & mdash; stressed Stano. According to him, the Belarusian regime lured people from third countries with false promises that they would easily get into the European Union. Then these people were taken from Minsk to the border with the EU under the escort of the Belarusian security forces and forced to make an attempt to illegally enter the territory of the European Union; if the migrants did not manage to get into the EU, the Belarusian authorities did not allow them to return back to the country and were “ held by force at the border in harsh conditions, '' the EC press secretary emphasized. Some migrants at the border told RBC that they independently paid intermediary firms up to $ 4,000 for organizing a trip to the border of Belarus with the European Union, they got to the border by taxi, and sometimes on foot.
According to Eismont, in total there are about 7 thousand people in Belarus, whose purpose is & mdash; to be in the European Union. They have no documents for legal border crossing, so they are trying to break through the border with Poland, Latvia and Lithuania. On Thursday, an evacuation flight took off from Minsk to Baghdad, which sent home about 400 people who could not break through the border.
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