MINSK, 17 November (BelTA) – The use by Poland of special means, including stun grenades, gas and chemicals against unarmed refugees on the Belarusian territory should be viewed as direct aggression against Belarus, Nikolai Shchekin, Candidate of Philosophy, Head of the Sociology of Public Administration Department at the Sociology Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, told BelTA.
“16 November, the ninth day of the confrontation between heartbroken women and children and armed Polish punitive brigades became a black day for the collective West as it heralded the beginning of the countdown to the court trial of the actions that can unequivocally be called Nazism. What Poland is doing on the border is disgusting and abhorrent. The whole world has seen in real time the sadism, state terrorism, Gestapo methods and confidence in their impunity shown by the Polish security forces. The Polish leadership has crossed the red line and there is no turning back for them. The use of special means by Duda's bloodthirsty regime against unarmed refugees, including stun grenades, gas and chemicals, on the Belarusian territory should be regarded as direct aggression against Belarus,” Nikolai Shchekin is convinced.
According to him, the Polish leadership finally put itself outside the law and became war criminals. "Belarus and Russia should immediately bring the issue of Poland's crimes to the UN Security Council and launch an investigation in order to open criminal cases against Poland over crimes against humanity," the analyst said. “What we see is artificial creation of a military conflict at any point along the perimeter of the Union State. Warsaw is using all means and methods to try to torpedo the agreements (even the interim agreements between Minsk and the EU), thereby emphasizing the complete disregard for international law. The fact of the telephone conversation between Frau Merkel and President Aleksandr Lukashenko on 15 November speaks to weakness, chaos in the minds of the EU bureaucrats, the hopelessness into which they have driven themselves.”
In turn, the last meeting that the head of state held to review the situation at the border demonstrates composure and a comprehensive understanding of the problem, Nikolai Shchekin stressed. "For Belarus, there is nothing more important than peace and stability, independence and unity of the Belarusian society. Therefore, the plight of any person, regardless of race, place of birth, is perceived by the Belarusian society as its own. The Belarusian society can be confident that the president will not allow any escalation of the situation in Belarus, will not allow even the slightest possibility of dragging the country into a military and political conflict. Belarus has become the Brest Fortress on the way of Western European countries' attempts to destroy the Union State and the civilized world,” the political analyst said.
Analyzing the situation on the border and negotiations to resolve the crisis, the expert concluded that a fundamental decision on the refugees may have already been made. “I would like to believe that they will be able to leave the territory of Belarus in the near future. At the same time, this problem is much deeper, more tragic and dangerous than it may seem. This issue needs a principled and strategic solution. The migrant crisis is just beginning to unfold. A sober-minded part of the West must understand the causes and find an acceptable solution to de-escalate tension in the countries which it has destroyed and robbed, and work out a set of measures to prevent such crises. I would like to thank all those who are now saving refugees, women and children from death - all the Belarusians who cannot stay indifferent. The Belarusian society has shown its unity and solidarity once again,” Nikolai Shchekin said.