Earlier, Lukashenko said that he was ready to respond to possible EU sanctions by blocking the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline. Putin said that the Belarusian leader did not discuss such actions with him, noting that the gas cutoff would be a violation of the contract
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Belarus’s blocking gas transit to Europe would be in violation of our transit contract. '' His quotes from the program “ Moscow. Kremlin. Putin '' published on the Vesti.ru Telegram channel.
Putin said that he had not discussed the issue of gas transit with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. “ Well, to be honest, this is the first time I've heard about this, because I've talked to Alexander Grigorievich twice recently. He never told me about it, didn't even hint. Well he can, I guess. Although it’s not good … it’s not ”, & mdash; said the president.
On Thursday, November 11, Lukashenko said that he was ready to toughly respond to possible sanctions from the EU countries and to Poland's threats to completely close the border. “ We are heating Europe, they are still threatening us that they will close the border. What if we shut off natural gas there? '' & Mdash; he said.
After the statement of the Belarusian leader, the EU recommended Minsk not to use the transit of Russian gas to European countries as a measure of pressure in diplomacy. Nabila Massrali, spokeswoman for the EU's foreign policy, stressed that gas is considered a basic resource and should not be used as a tool in geopolitical disputes.
The press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov then assured that the statement of the President of Belarus on the possible suspension of gas transit to Europe was not coordinated with the Kremlin.
The situation on the border of Belarus with Poland and Lithuania escalated sharply in early November, when the groups illegal migrants set up a temporary camp near the borders. Poland pulled additional forces to the Belarusian border, and Lithuania decided to declare a state of emergency. Then the EU countries accused Minsk of deliberately escalating the conflict and threatened with new sanctions.
Warsaw announced on November 10 that the Polish authorities could completely close the border with Belarus, stop trade and prohibit the movement of citizens between Poland and Belarus due to the crisis with migrants.
Lukashenko, in turn, noted that Western countries are to blame for the current situation, because of whose actions people are “ fleeing the war. '' He also warned of the threat of a military crisis in the center of Europe.
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