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02 December 2021, 16:15

Volodin condemns mistreatment of refugees at Belarus-Poland border

MINSK, 2 December (BelTA) – The mistreatment of refugees at the Belarus-Poland border is unacceptable, Chairman of the Russian State Duma said following the 61st session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State of Belarus and Russia, BelTA has learned.

“It is unacceptable to treat refugees like that, especially now. There is snow, temperatures are below zero. These people need a shelter to warm up. And again, where did they come from? From Libya, Iraq, Syria. Why did they leave their homes? Because their countries lie in ruins. There is no peace, public services are unavailable. Who is to blame for this?The United States of America destroyed Libya, Iraq, you see what happened in Syria, now in Afghanistan. This resulted in an influx of refugees to Belarus and other European countries,” Vyacheslav Volodin said.

According to the chairman of the Russian State Duma, Western countries should be held accountable for their actions.

“There should be no double standards, no interference in the affairs of sovereign states. One should not blame the Belarusian authorities, because today they have become hostages of the policy of the United States and the EU that kept silent when evil and lawlessness were happening in Libya and Iraq. They should have thought that refugees would rush to them. And again, if they helped Spain and Italy, then why don't they help Belarus now? It is an attempt to exert pressure, an attempt to impose their will,” he said.

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