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Polish PM accuses Vladimir Putin of masterminding Belarus migrant crisis

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of orchestrating the Migrant crisis that is currently taking place at the border between Belarus and Poland.

This comes as Poland warned that an armed escalation would be implemented as thousands of migrants mass at the border, to which Poland has attributed the blame to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who is believed to have purposely caused the migrant crisis in retaliation to sanctions that were imposed against Belarus by the EU.

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Migrants have been left in limbo as troops from both sides of the border prevent them from moving.

Poland has now launched accusations at the Russian President of orchestrating the crisis in an attempt to destabilise the European Union.

Critics have said that Lukashenko is luring migrants to Belarus before sending them across the border in retaliation to the EU sanctions.

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Speaking to the Polish parliament, Mr. Morawiecki said, “This attack which Lukashenko is conducting has its mastermind in Moscow, the mastermind is President Putin”.

Despite sanctions already being imposed against Belarus, there are now calls for fresh sanctions after Germany accused Belarus of exploiting migrants.

While saying that the European Union cannot be blackmailed, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said, “Lukashenko must realise that his calculations are not working”.

As well as sanctions, the EU said that it will be pushing down on over a dozen countries, predominantly situated in the Middle East and Africa, to deter migrants from heading to Belarus.

Yesterday, European Commission spokesman Peter Stano stated that Lukashenko’s regime was taking a “gangster-style approach” while Belarus denies the claims.

Lukashenko stated, “I am not a madman, I understand perfectly well where it can lead”.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov blamed Western militaries for causing the situation in the middle east which has forced thousands to flee to the EU.

He told reporters, “Why when it comes to refugees heading to the European Union from Turkey, did the EU provide funding to keep them on Turkish territory?” He added, “Why can’t the Belarusians be helped in the same way?”

IMAGE – “Vladimir Putin” by theglobalpanorama is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0/Olaf Kosinsky

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