Russia blamed the European Union on Wednesday for the migrant crisis on the border between Belarus and Poland, accusing it of trying to “strangle” Belarus with plans to close part of the frontier and urging it to talk directly with Minsk.
As migrants from the Middle East, Afghanistan and Africa made new attempts to break into Poland overnight, Moscow sent a further signal of support for its ally Belarus by dispatching two strategic bomber planes to patrol Belarusian airspace.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a joint news conference with his Belarusian counterpart Vladimir Makei that he hoped responsible Europeans would “not allow themselves to be drawn into a spiral that is fairly dangerous”.
— Reuters (@Reuters) November 10, 2021
Moscow sends a further signal of support for its ally Belarus by dispatching two strategic bomber planes to patrol Belarusian airspace. https://t.co/Ye9h9lIVLu
— Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) November 10, 2021
Poland PM blames Russia’s President Putin for migrant crisis at Belarus border https://t.co/xZaDMoLQfk
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) November 9, 2021
Poland PM says Turkey is helping organize the transfer of migrants to Belarus, speaks of “full synchronization of Turkish actions with Belarus and Russia. We don’t like it.” https://t.co/YTe69O8WVA
— Piotr Zalewski (@p_zalewski) November 10, 2021
Hundreds of migrants are camped in frigid weather behind a razor-wire fence on the Poland-Belarus border. Poland has massed thousands of troops to keep them out, and prevented journalists, aid organizations and EU officials from traveling to the area. https://t.co/mpCcyM9qwX
— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 9, 2021