GRODNO DISTRICT, 26 November (BelTA) – Belarus is ready to do everything it can for refugees in need, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he talked to refugees at the logistics center turned into a temporary accommodation facility near the Bruzgi checkpoint on 26 November, BelTA has learned.
“Some of you, believing Western propaganda, are looking for a better life there. Probably, life is better there than in the place you came from. But the worst thing, as I understand (there are a lot of kids here, about 300-400, and the same number of women), is that you, adults, do not see a future for your children in your homeland. Each of you would like your children to get a decent education and a decent job,” the Belarusian leader said.
“In a word, there are all kinds of people here. But you have one big common problem: you are experiencing a very difficult situation. I am sure that this is temporary,” the head of state added. He noted that many representatives of the Western community and journalists are present at his meeting with refugees. “Let them know that we, Belarusians, including the president of Belarus, will do everything as you wish, even if it is bad for Poles, Latvians and someone else. We will do what you want us to do,” the president said.
Speaking about the things Belarus can do for refugees now, Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that Belarus is not able to help them get to Germany. “You understand that we cannot start a war to clear a corridor through Poland to Germany for you. You see how they responded when you approached them. They doused you with poisonous chemicals, stun grenades, tear gas and so on. Had you come closer to the border, they would have started shooting. People from the other side have gone mad,” the head of state noted.
He recalled his conversation with Angela Merkel who promised to try, together with the European Union, to solve the problem of people who are living in the camp near the borderline on the territory of Belarus. “We promised the Europeans that we would do our best to repatriate those who want to return to their homeland,” Aleksandr Lukashenko noted.