Deputy Foreign Minister Grushko: NATO military operations caused a crisis on the Polish border
NATO military operations in the Middle East caused an influx of migrants to the Polish-Belarusian border. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Glushko accused the alliance of provoking the migration crisis, RIA Novosti reports
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“We must not forget about the reasons for these migration flows. This is primarily the result of the military operations carried out by the allies either within NATO or separately, ”the diplomat said.
Earlier, the human rights organization Human Rights Watch published stories of migrants about systematic violence by the Belarusian security forces. The refugees told how they were woken up with kicks, gathered into groups, their phones were taken away and forcibly taken to the border.
The migration crisis on the border of Belarus and the European Union began at the end of May. Large groups of illegal migrants from Africa and the Middle East began to storm the borders of Lithuania, Poland and Latvia in the hope of obtaining asylum. It was alleged that Minsk uses its national tour operator Tsentrkurort to transport migrants to the EU borders and makes money on it.
The crisis escalated on November 16, when some refugees tried to break into Poland. In response, the Poles used special means, as a result of the incident, soldiers, migrants and journalists were injured. Then the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko gave an order to place illegal immigrants in the logistics center.