The State Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus Alexander Volfovich assured this Thursday that the authorities have detained more than 11,500 migrants in an illegal situation so far this year, while stressing that the country “has no right to blame” the migration crisis at the borders of the European Union (EU).
According to Volfovich, around 5,000 of the detained migrants have been sent abroad, which has led the Belarusian authorities to “counter” the migration flows.
“What is happening at the border today is not Belarus’ fault,” he emphasized, pointing out that the West caused “the reasons” for the migration crisis. He also stated that Belarus “is doing everything in its power” to help refugees “in such a difficult situation,” according to the official Belarusian news agency BelTA.
On the other hand, Volfovich reported that during the trip there were almost 200 refugees waiting to travel to Iraq, but “unfortunately the EU is not doing anything”. “According to our information, an evacuation flight to Iraq was supposed to take place today to bring these refugees back,” he said, noting that the plane “did not arrive in Belarus”. “Where’s the European Union’s help?” “You just can’t see it,” he added.
For his part, Belarusian Foreign Ministry spokesman Anatoly Glaz has reiterated that Belarus “does not take part in organizing the migration crisis” while attacking “the media and the decisions of politicians” who “try to manipulate the news” . without facts. “
“And there is a global migration crisis in the world,” he continued. “The refugees who are here are not fleeing a bad life, they are fleeing countries where the West has experimented,” he added. Belarus is “a transit country” that “generates costs”.
In this context you mentioned the situation in France and the English Channel. “Nobody declared France a hybrid aggressor, they didn’t bring tanks to the border,” he said.
The situation has worsened in recent weeks after thousands of people moved to the border between Belarus and Poland in hopes of entering EU countries. For this reason, the Polish authorities have strengthened border security and sent the army. The EU accuses Minsk of staging the migration crisis, which Belarus denies.