Polish border guards are “extremely harsh” with refugees who are trying to enter the EU from Belarus, Putin said. Minsk previously stated that Vilnius used tear gas against migrants
Russian and French Presidents Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron had a telephone conversation. One of the topics was the crisis with migrants on the border of Belarus with European countries, according to the Kremlin website.
Putin told Macron about his contacts on this topic with Alexander Lukashenko and noted that it would be advisable for the EU leadership to discuss the problem directly with the President Belarus.
The President of Russia also said about the “ extremely harsh treatment ''; Polish border guards with migrants trying to enter the EU from the territory of Belarus.
In addition, Putin and Macron discussed the issue of resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine. It was noted that “ the situation around Donbass is even worsening. '' In this context, the President of Russia drew attention to the “ provocative nature '' military exercises by the United States and its allies in the Black Sea, which “ heighten tensions between Russia and NATO. ''
The leaders also discussed the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh and, at the initiative of the French President, the situation in Mali. p>
Belarus has also previously accused Poland of mistreating migrants. “ The Polish security forces used aviation to provide psychological pressure. In addition, tear gas was sprayed on people seeking protection, '' & mdash; stated in the State Border Committee. Polish border guards, in turn, argued that Belarus, for its part, also provided the migrants with tear gas, which they eventually used against the security forces.
The migration crisis on the border between Belarus and the EU escalated in November. The migrants headed to the Bruzgi checkpoint (on the Polish side, the Bialystok Forge) and set up camp at the border. Some refugees managed to break through the fence, but then the police detained them. Due to the influx of migrants, Poland and Lithuania had to pull troops and security forces to the border.
Vilnius believes that Minsk is to blame for what is happening, which allegedly organized the transfer of migrants to the border. In Belarus, these accusations are denied.
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