MINSK, 1 December (BelTA) – Russians, including Chechens, were among those who organized the delivery of refugees to the Belarusian border, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said in an interview with Dmitry Kiselyov, Director General of the Russian state news agency MIA Rossiya Segodnya, BelTA has learned.
“These people [refugees] hire transport to cover a 300-350-kilometer distance to the border near Brest and Grodno. They apply to private companies, take taxis, buses... Guides from Russia were involved, especially Chechens. They are truly well-organized people. They were the most disciplined here as they managed this flow,” he said.
According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, they helped people in Belarus to get to the border and ‘possibly cross' it.
“Judging from daily reports, among those who picked up refugees at the border on the territory of Poland were Ukrainians, Germans, Poles, Latvians and only two Russians, only two out of hundreds who gave a ride to migrants for money. It cost $3,000-4,000 to take them from the border to Germany. So they did it. That is, this is a well-organized transit that starts in Iraq and ends at the border with Germany where refugees like Kurds, Syrians, Iranians are delivered. This is a smoothly running scheme,” the president of Belarus said.
“When the EU terminated the readmission agreement, I said back then: well, since they decided to rescind this agreement, to stop cooperating with us on border protection issues, it was their problem. But I would not defend them anymore the way I did last year. They heard it all. So did the organizers,” the Belarusian leader said.