Washington has brought to the attention of Moscow and Minsk its concerns about the accumulation of illegal migrants on the border of the European Union, said U.S. President Joe Biden.
U.S. authorities are extremely concerned about the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border, where thousands of migrants, mostly from Iraq and Syria, are trying to illegally enter the territory of the European Union. Washington has notified both Belarus and Russia about this, U.S. President Joe Biden told reporters Friday, Nov. 12. “We think this is a problem,” Biden stressed.
The European Union accuses Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko of allowing migrants from crisis regions into Belarus and then trying to smuggle them into Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. To stem the influx of illegals, the Baltic states have significantly strengthened the security of their borders.
EU talks to Belarusian authorities about migrants on the border
European diplomats are trying to persuade the Belarusian authorities to stop organizing the influx of migrants from the Middle East and Africa to the borders of the EU. To this end, the German Foreign Ministry Commissioner for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, Michael Siebert, held a telephone conversation with Deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus Sergei Aleinik on November 12. “The signal from our side was: you have to stop this activity, this hybrid attack,” a senior EU official told DW.
He also stressed that this conversation should not be regarded as recognition of the legitimacy of the Belarusian authorities. “We have a problem. We are the target of aggression on our borders. And we speak directly to the source of the aggression to tell them that, first of all, they should stop, secondly, that they should allow the UN humanitarian agencies to take care of these people,” the source added.