A meeting in the Belarus-EU-UN format on the issue of migrants at a high level is something of a fantasy, says President of the Republic Alexander Lukashenko. He stated this on November 26 during a visit to a logistics center near the border with Poland, where there are Middle Eastern refugees seeking to get to the EU countries.
“I think this is from the realm of fantasy. You know their position, and they are trying to adhere to this position. Therefore, this is unlikely to happen, at least at a high level. I am not speaking at the highest level – precisely at a high level. Well, maybe at the expert level, ”Lukashenka said.
Also, the Belarusian leader said that Minsk would not politicize the problems of refugees, as well as forcibly expel them from the country. He noted that currently there are about 5 thousand refugees in the country, and added that Minsk will not escalate tensions in relations with Warsaw in order to create a humanitarian corridor for migrants.
On November 24, the director of the Institute for Peacekeeping Initiatives and Conflictology, Denis Denisov, in an interview with Izvestia, assessed the contacts between the EU and Belarus on the migration crisis. According to him, the situation with refugees forced the European Union to speak directly with the representatives of Minsk. According to the expert, this is not the last crisis in relations between Belarus and the European Union.
On November 22, the head of the EU Delegation in Belarus, Dirk Schuebel, said that Western countries would not agree to normalize relations with Belarus. According to him, this becomes impossible due to the “internationalization of the internal conflict” which is taking place in the republic.
The situation with migrants worsened in early November. A large group of refugees in Belarus came to the border in a forest belt. The migrants cut barbed wire at the border of the two countries and asked to be allowed into the territory of the European Union. In Poland, they announced a tough attack on the border for the first time in 30 years. At the same time, European countries blame Minsk for the migration crisis, which denies any involvement in the increase in the flow of refugees.
Later, the refugees moved from the tent camp at the border to the logistics center provided by the Belarusian side.