MINSK, 18 November (BelTA) – The West is using the migrant crisis to put pressure on Minsk, but forgets about its own humanitarian commitments, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on 18 November, TASS reports.
“It is obvious that Western countries are using the migrant crisis at the Belarusian-Polish border as a new pretext to create tension in the region close to us, to put pressure on Minsk. At the same time they forget about their own commitments in the humanitarian field,” the Russian leader said.
Vladimir Putin also criticized Poland for using water cannons and tear gas against migrants with children at the Belarusian-Polish border. “Let's have a look at how the Polish security forces are acting at the border. The first thought that crosses your mind is feeling sorry for the children. The Poles unleash water cannons and use tear gas although the children are nearby,” Vladimir Putin said.