Belarus has brought more than 10 thousand migrants from the Middle East for their illegal transfer to the EU. This was stated by the Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki.
During a meeting with Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrid Shimonite in Warsaw, he explained that now residents of Iraq and Syria are gathering in Belarus for this “hybrid attack”. The politician warned that the difficult situation on the border of Poland with Belarus could develop into a long-term crisis, since “Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has made a weapon out of migration.”
In turn, Shimonite called for the physical strengthening of the border with Belarus. According to her, electronic security methods are “not completely effective”.
The migration crisis on the borders of Belarus and the European Union began at the end of May. Large groups of illegal migrants from Africa and the Middle East began to storm the borders of Lithuania, Poland, and Latvia, hoping to get asylum in European countries. It is assumed that the Belarusian authorities use their national tour operator “Tsentrkurort” to ferry migrants to the EU borders and earn money on this.
In Lithuania and Latvia, they decided to fence themselves off from Belarus with a barbed-wire fence. At the same time, the European Court of Human Rights temporarily banned the Lithuanian authorities from expelling five refugees from Afghanistan who arrived from the Belarusian territory.