According to the Polish government tear gas was used against migrants by Polish security forces. Moscow condemns the use of force.
A new escalation in migration crisis at the Polish border. The Polish Defense Ministry stated Tuesday that tear gas was used against migrants in Kuznica, Belarus, by Polish security forces.
“Kuznica: Migrants attack our soldiers and officers using stones and try to demolish the fence to get into Poland”The ministry tweeted: “Our forces used tears gas to end the assault on migrants”. Water cannons could also be used
“Unfortunately, because of an attack by people pushed Belarusian sides, a policeman was severely injured.”The police tweeted:
Moscow harshly criticized the Polish police’s use force. “The behaviour of the Polish side are absolutely unacceptable.”Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Ministry, stated to the press. Invoking the “Tear gas, water cannon fire above the heads of migrants headed for Belarus”He believed that the Polish forces were too powerful. “Violate all legal standard”.
Over 2,000 migrants were seen lining up at the border between Poland & Belarus. They gathered in front of the Brouzgui post, about ten kilometers away from Kuznica. Many of them came from the Middle East.
Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus, had stated that he wanted the migration crisis along the border with Poland, which is what he is accused having orchestrated to be prevented from degenerating into confrontations with his European neighbours.
After a week’s worth of friction, Washington was notified by Brussels that they were planning to increase punitive measures against Minsk. Minsk has been sanctioned for the repressionist behavior of the opposition since 2020.
Although the EU accuses the Belarusian regime of organizing the influx of thousands to the border of Poland and Lithuania since the summer of 2014 as a vengeance for the sanctions, it has made initial gestures of conciliation.
“The most important thing is to protect our country and our people today, and avoid clashes.”Alexander Lukashenko, an unpredictable figure, spoke Tuesday to the media, Belta. “This problem should not become a fiery confrontation.”.
This migratory crisis is occurring in a context where tensions are growing between the Western powers, Russia and Vladimir Putin in Eastern Europe. European leaders have intensified consultations in an effort to stop the exodus of migrants, which brought back the memory of 2015’s migration crisis.
Alexander Lukashenko is accustomed to blowing cold and hot. In the face of European sanctions, he threatened to stop the transit of Russian gas from Europe last week. “They threaten us to put up a wall five metres high, and they will give us new sanctions.”, launched Tuesday Alexander Lukashenko. “If they don’t have anything else, let them do it.”, he quipped.
He again denied that his country supported the entry of migrants. He promised to work with them on their return, but he also highlighted the reluctance by those who were concerned.