The president of the United States, Joe Biden, affirmed this Friday feeling “very concerned” about the situation on the border between Poland and Belarus, and announced contacts with the country and with Russia to address the matter.
“It is a great concern. We have communicated our concern to Russia (…) and Belarus. And we think it is a problem “said the president in response to a question from the press, as reported by the White House.
For her part, the Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, criticized the “worrying activities” carried out by the Belarusian dictator, Alexander Lukashenko, on the border with Poland in the middle of the migration crisis.
At a press conference during his visit to France, Harris stated that the Administration of the president, Joe Biden, is “concerned” about the matter and confirmed that the matter has been discussed with the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, with whom he met during his visit to the country.
“We are watching the situation closely,” he said, according to information from the White House. “The eyes of the whole world and of all leaders are on what happens there”he insisted.
Thousands of migrants, mostly from Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries, have tried to cross the Belarusian border throughout this year to enter EU territory.
Lukashenko, who was sanctioned by Brussels in connection with the controversial elections held in August 2020, warned that your administration will not stop the flow of migrants. This has led the Polish authorities to declare a state of emergency in the border territories and to deploy the Army in the area.
Russia and Belarus, for their part, announced the holding of a series of “combat readiness” exercises, which has led to the deployment of paratroopers in the neighboring country. Minsk assured, however, that the maneuvers are due to the increase in military activity on its border.
Western member states of the Security Council on Thursday condemned in an emergency session that the Belarusian regime put the lives of human beings “in danger” for “political purposes” with the “orchestrated instrumentalization” of the migrants who are trapped in the borders of Belarus with countries of the European Union, in particular with Poland.
United States, United Kingdom, Estonia, France, Ireland, Norway and Albania issued a joint statement in the framework of the UN Security Council meeting on the situation, which, they lamented, has the “objective of destabilizing neighboring countries and the external border of the EU.”
This, according to the statement, seeks, in turn, “Divert attention” from “increasing human rights violations” exercised by Minsk, the DPA news agency reported.
(With information from Europa Press)
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