Friday, December 3

Belarus will not kneel to Europe in migrant crisis, says Lukashenko

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said Tuesday that his country “will not kneel” before the European Union over the migrant crisis at the Polish border.

“We are not looking for a fight,” Lukashenko said in an interview, excerpts of which were published by the state news agency Belta.

“I’m not crazy, I understand perfectly where all this can lead (…) We know well where our place is, but we will not get on our knees either,” he added.

Poland and Belarus clashed on Tuesday over the presence of thousands of migrants trying to enter Polish territory, which according to Warsaw threatens the security of the European Union (EU).

Minsk warned against “provocations” at the border, where the two countries displaced soldiers amid mounting tensions.

Thousands of people, many of them fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, are trying to survive in the open in appalling conditions and freezing temperatures.

The EU accuses the Belarusian president of orchestrating the crisis in retaliation for Western sanctions against Minsk, although he denies it.

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