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02 September 2021, 18:29

Makei: The migration crisis was born in minds of Western politicians

Vladimir Makei. An archive photo
Vladimir Makei. An archive photo

MINSK, 2 September (BelTA) – Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei talked to reporters on 2 September to comment on the migration crisis that has evolved in the western direction, BelTA has learned.

The official noted that European Union countries maintain so-called solidarity and set the tone in many international organizations. “Although it sometimes produces completely reverse, negative effects,” Vladimir Makei pointed out.

Vladimir Makei said: “I believe that everything going on at our western borders is a consequence of the policy of Western countries. This crisis was born in minds of Western politicians.”

The minister of foreign affairs went on saying that Belarus has always honored all the provisions of agreements with Western partners to the letter. The same cannot be said about the partners. The European Union now refuses to abide by the previously signed readmission agreement. Among other things the agreement envisaged the construction of shelters for illegal migrants in Belarus' territory, the enhancement of border infrastructure.

Vladimir Makei also commented on Poland's introduction of the state of emergency along the Belarusian border. “Nothing was introduced when floods happened in the past or when the pandemic engulfed entire Poland. But as soon as 32 refugees appeared near the border, Poland introduced a state of emergency. The refugees probably represent a huge threat for Poland,” he noted with irony.

The official emphasized that the European Union even refuses to arrange consultations about migration affairs. Vladimir Makei described claims that Belarus is waging a hybrid war as absurd. It is out of the question, he stressed. “We understand why it is being done. It is an attempt to demonize Belarus, to make it look like a source of tensions in the region and justify their attempts to introduce more sanctions,” he said.

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