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16 September 2021, 11:31

Lukashenko: NATO uses migration crisis in Europe to build up its military potential

DUSHANBE, 16 September (BelTA) – The European Union is trying to make incidents on the border with refugees and migrants look like an international hybrid threat, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at the CSTO Collective Security Council summit in Dushanbe on 16 September, BelTA has learned.

“They are trying to make incidents on the border with refugees and migrants look like an international hybrid threat. There are active attempts to shift the responsibility for the migration problem to the transit countries. All this come after what the United States and its NATO allies have done in Afghanistan and the countries of the Middle East. They invited Afghans to Europe at the order of the United States and now refuse to accept them,” said the head of state.

According to him, the migration crisis became a reason for NATO to build up its military potential on the western borders of the CSTO. A grouping of troops with over 10,000 personnel and more than 500 pieces of heavy military equipment has been permanently deployed near the Belarusian borders.

“Moreover, since this month new NATO units have been used for hybrid influence on our countries under the pretext of combating illegal migration in Lithuania,” the Belarusian leader said.

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