According to the Polish government, Belarus has begun to relocate migrants camped at the closed Kuznica-Brusky border crossing by bus. Thousands of migrants have recently settled on the Polish-Belarusian border and are hoping to enter the EU country of Poland. “I have received information that Lukashenko provided the first buses for immigrants. The tent camp near Kuznica is empty,” Polish Deputy Interior Minister Maciej Wąsik told TV Republika on Tuesday. “Looks like Lukashenko lost this battle for the border.”
Belarusian state media released videos of four coaches. It should bring some of the immigrants “elsewhere,” it said, citing the Red Cross. This should prevent overcrowding in the new camp.
The first flight from Belarus to pick up Iraqi immigrants is scheduled for Thursday. The Russian news agency RIA reported on Wednesday, citing the Iraqi ambassador to Moscow. According to the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, 170 Iraqis have registered for “immediate repatriation” on the Belarusian-Polish border. A ministry spokesman said their documents were currently being prepared. The federal government is not yet directly involved in the planning and execution of return flights. However, the Federal Foreign Office had already announced the flight scheduled for Thursday.
On Tuesday, Polish border guards estimated that about 2,000 migrants had gathered near Kuznica. Clashes broke out between refugees and Polish security forces in Kuznica on Tuesday. Polish used water cannons. According to Polish reports, the settlers threw stones, bottles and lumps of mud. They were fitted with bombs and slingshots. The information could not be verified freely as Poland does not allow the media inside the border.
The night passed quietly, according to Polish police on Wednesday morning. A police spokesman said some of the Belarusian migrants had returned to the former camp, while others had spent the night at the Belarusian border clearance terminal. A spokesman for the Border Guard, however, said there had been attempts to enter other border areas illegally.
Poland criticizes Merkel and Macron’s mediation efforts
Meanwhile, Poland has criticized the mediation efforts of President Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron during the crisis. Government spokeswoman Pyotr Mல்லller told state broadcaster that Merkel’s phone call with Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko and Macron’s conversation with Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin had been leaked to the government in Warsaw. M தனிப்பட்டller said he was personally surprised by the conversation with Lukashenko because it was “accepting his will in a way.” “I understand the situation, but I think this is not a good move.”
Merkel had summoned Lukashenko on Monday evening in view of the plight of immigrants. This is his first conversation with the ruler since the controversial presidential election in Belarus on August 9 last year. The European Union does not recognize Lukashenko as president. Behind this are massive allegations of election fraud and the actions of Belarusian security forces against peaceful protesters and civil society.
On Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron made a lengthy phone call with Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin about Russia’s role in resolving the conflict. Putin spoke with Lukashenko on Tuesday.
On the Polish border with Belarus, thousands of migrants on the Belarusian side have been waiting in makeshift camps for several days in temperatures around freezing temperatures. The Polish government and the EU accuse authoritarian Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko of targeting them to smuggle people into the EU from crisis areas.
Fewer refugees have arrived in Brandenburg in the past few days, according to the Union Home Ministry. Last weekend, a total of 260 people entered illegally, with an average of 70 to 80 per day. Meanwhile, every day more than 1000 immigrants arrived at the German-Polish border, apparently the so-called Belarusian route.
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