Monday, November 15, 2021
The Kremlin is involved
Putin provides mediation between Belarus and the European Union
Until a few days ago, Russia wanted to stay away from the conflict with Belarus. Now President Putin has announced his readiness to mediate between the EU and Minsk. Belarusian ruler Lukashenko has been accused of smuggling immigrants into the EU.
Russia has presented itself as a mediator between Belarus and the European Union in the crisis involving thousands of migrants on the Polish-Belarusian border. When asked how Moscow could help, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “Only as a negotiator on this matter.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin had previously offered assistance, but did not say for sure how it would turn out. The Kremlin leader expressed confidence in the dialogue between current President Angela Merkel and dictatorial Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko.
Just last week, Putin rejected a request by President Angela Merkel to exert influence in Belarus. EU President Ursula van der Leyen also called on Putin to use his influence over Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. Van der Leyen said in a video greeting at the “SZ Economic Summit” in Berlin that Putin had “undoubtedly” this influence.
“I think it’s very important that he executes this influence now in the next few days.” Lukashenko’s attitude was “treacherous.” Therefore, the EU’s fifth round of sanctions is a logical consequence. “We’re closed. We’re fast.” It also affects airlines involved in the transportation of refugees.
Russia’s head of state has a direct route to Lukashenko, accusing the EU of bringing them from crisis areas to Belarus to smuggle them into Europe. Lukashenko, often criticized as “Europe’s last dictator”, is thought to have used Western immigrants as a rallying point for dialogue. After last year’s presidential election, the European Union did not recognize Lukashenko as president, which was considered a lie.
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