Minsk accused Warsaw of firing machine guns at the border
The Polish side, in turn, announced three new attempts by refugees to cross the border with Belarus. The Polish Border Guard claims that they are carried out under the supervision of Belarusian soldiers
Polish security forces tried to stop refugees trying to cross the border with pepper gas and automatic rounds. This was announced by the border committee of Belarus.
According to him, two migrants on Tuesday approached the barriers at the border to apply for refugee status. In response, the border guards sprayed pepper gas. Later, on Wednesday night, another group of migrants tried to cross the border into Poland. In response, the Polish security forces opened fire from machine guns. “ To suppress possible provocations, this area was covered by Belarusian servicemen, '' & mdash; noted in the message of the Belarusian border committee. At the same time, the border guards did not specify where exactly the incident took place and where the Polish security forces fired.
The Polish border guard said that the migrants on Tuesday tried three times to break through the border from the territory of Belarus. About 100 people on the evening of November 23 tried to break through the border at the site in Dubich-Tserkevna, they threw stones at the border guards. A large number of migrants managed to illegally cross the border, but they were detained and expelled from the country. Two Iraqi citizens were hospitalized. According to the border guard, attempts to break through to Poland took place “ under the supervision of Belarusian soldiers. '' Two more groups of migrants & mdash; for 30 and 40 people & mdash; tried to cross the border in Melnik, one border guard was injured.
The migration crisis on the border of Belarus with Poland has been going on for several months: refugees, mainly from the Middle East, are trying to enter Poland in order to then obtain asylum in the EU countries. The situation escalated on November 8, when a large column of migrants moved towards the border with Poland. The Belarusian border guard said that the refugees took this step because of the “ indifference and inhuman attitude of the Polish authorities '', but did not explain where they came from in such numbers at the border.
On November 21, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced his intention to completely close the border with Belarus. So far, only one border crossing is closed at the border & mdash; The Forge ('Bruzgi' from the Belarusian side '). As reported on Wednesday by RIA Novosti With reference to the representative of the Polish Border Guard, Anna Michalskaya, the country is not going to open this checkpoint in the near future.
On Wednesday, RIA Novosti; With reference to the press secretary of the Podlaska commandant's office of the Polish Border Guard, Katarzyna Zdanovich, said that there are no refugee camps directly at the line of the Belarusian-Polish border.
Lithuania and Latvia complain about the influx of migrants from the territory of Belarus, both countries have introduced an emergency regime due to the growing flow of refugees. Similar measures are in force in Poland.
The EU accuses Belarus of using migrants for political purposes. The countries of the community have agreed on a fifth package of sanctions against the republic, they will be introduced in the near future. The list will include individuals and legal entities. As Reuters wrote, the restrictions will affect those whom the EU considers responsible for the outbreak of the migration crisis, including Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei. In early December, the US intends to impose sanctions against Belarus.
The Polish Prime Minister accused Russia of being involved in the crisis on the Belarusian-Polish border. Acting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, urged him to influence Minsk. The involvement of Russia in the migration crisis was previously denied by Putin and the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maria Zakharova.
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