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11 April 2024, 23:39

Lukashenko concerned about Poland's border policy 

Photo courtesy of the press service of the Russian president-BelTA
Photo courtesy of the press service of the Russian president-BelTA
MOSCOW, 11 April (BelTA) – Speaking about the situation at the border Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko told Russian President Vladimir Putin that he is very concerned about the confrontational policy of Poland and the Baltic countries, BelTA has learned. 

The Russian leader asked how things were at the western border of Belarus.

“The situation is complicated. It is bewildering overall. What worries me the most is the policy of the Polish leadership. Why would they need this confrontation? The same about the Lithuanians, Latvians... Firstly, dozens of corpses are dumped across the border. Migrants who try to get there are getting dumped. They have built a fence. They throw them over the fence to our side of the border. Now that the snow has melted, we have seen corpses lying right at the border,” the Belarusian leader said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko emphasized that all this is creating tension at the border. In addition, the Western neighbors are closing the border for Belarus and Russia, which also affects third countries: “They closed the border for you and for us. It made it very hard to work even for the Chinese, Kazakhs, Poles and others. There are huge queues at checkpoints. They are doing this on purpose. We did not close our border. You know that we have a visa waiver for the neighboring countries. They do not allow their people to come here as they are afraid that we can recruit them.”

The president noted that no one apprehends or recruits people at the border. “If we need to recruit someone, we will do it another way,” he said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko also drew attention to the military buildup on the other side of the border: “They are conducting exercises. They plan to carry them out in May, too. We are standing head-on at the border. Americans were deployed there, Germans. What is surprising is that they have not learned the lesson. Sending battalions to Lithuania and Poland. Of course, we had to station our units face-to-face across the border. I don’t know why they [western neighbors] need this. We are not going to war with anyone.”
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