MINSK, 22 November (BelTA) – Some representatives of international organizations come to Belarus to show off against the background of refugees, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he received Grodno Oblast Governor Vladimir Karanik and President's Aide – Inspector for Grodno Oblast Yuri Karayev on 22 November, BelTA has learned.
“The Europeans insist on it, and Merkel told me: Mr. President, let the International Organization for Migration, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner in. And so on. I said: No problem. But I saw very soon that some people had been here before. Why would they come here again? To show off against the background of these refugees,” Aleksandr Lukashenko believes.
The president emphasized that if representatives of international organizations want to come only to win some points on the refugee topic, they should not be allowed to enter. “If you have arrived, then help the refugees. If you cannot arrange a humanitarian corridor, so tell me why you cannot. You have the experience of helping refugees, so help them. These international organizations also accumulate huge finances. No one is really addressing this problem except for the Belarus Red Cross, our MPs, representatives of our government. They [international officials] come to stroke a baby's nose. Why are they stroking his/her nose with dirty hands? On camera, of course,” the head of state said with indignation.
And when they [journalists] address questions to these so-called international officials, they cannot answer anything: “We cannot do this and that…” Why have you come then? Therefore, do not overthink it - if they have arrived, but are of no specific help, tell them goodbye. Let them go to the Poles and deal with these problems from the Polish side. And we can handle these problems on our own,” the Belarusian leader said.