MINSK, 12 November (BelTA) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus has commented on the U.N. Security Council closed consultations to discuss the migrant crisis at Belarus' border with the EU. The commentary of Press Secretary of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Anatoly Glaz was posted on the website of the ministry, BelTA has learned.
A day before, the UN Security Council members convened for closed consultations to discuss the situation in Belarus under “any other business”. The meeting to discuss the refugees amassing at Belarus' western border was requested by Estonia, France and Ireland. According to the foreign ministry, “the purpose of this orchestrated event was to create another media opportunity to make groundless accusations against Belarus”.
“This is an old Goebbels propaganda technique: Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth. Unfortunately, today we are spectators in the theater of the absurd. The European Union member states, the most powerful NATO bloc, are trying to play a cheap theatrics saying that a relatively small and absolutely tolerant Belarus is a threat to peace and an aggressor. For obvious reasons, they are trying to distort and hush up the obvious fact, namely the root cause of the global migrant crisis, which was caused by the illegal interference of Western countries in the internal affairs of other countries, military interventions and the destruction of a number of states. Belarus in this situation is only a transit country, which, by the way, bears significant costs," Anatoly Glaz noted.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that in 2020 half a million new refugees settled in the EU, with no political repercussions. "Two or three thousand refugees seeking to get through Belarus to Europe that invited them are branded as a ‘hybrid war'. It is absolutely clear: the tension on the border between Belarus and the European Union is not so much about the real problems that three thousand migrants can create, but about Poland, Lithuania and Latvia who stand to benefit by inflating the crisis. Especially Poland," the spokesperson said.
“Therefore, the consultations were, as expected, fully orchestrated. Most importantly, none of the other members of the Security Council outside the Western group supported the countries that requested them and criticized our country. On the contrary, it was quite logical that these states urged to look at the problem in a comprehensive manner, to deal with the root causes of the migrant crisis, to conduct a direct dialogue between the countries of origin, transit and final destination. If this event is used by the European Union as an additional argument for imposing another package of sanctions, Minsk is ready for the toughest retaliatory measures," Anatoly Glaz said.