Belarus seeks to cut back refugee drift

November 29: Belarus’s Foreign Minister Vladimir Mackay tells his country, the European Union (EU), that his country will work to reduce the flow of migrants to the EU from Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

He made the remarks in a telephone conversation with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, according to the Belta News Agency. On the occasion, both sides reaffirmed their intention to end the immigration crisis soon, sources said.

The EU is considering new restrictions on the network linking Minsk to Middle East destinations. The migrants arrived in Poland via Minsk on Poland’s eastern EU border. Poland has been on high alert at the Polish-Belarusian border for several days after a large group of refugees sought refuge on the border.

Belarus is ready to respond to Western pressure and sanctions with the toughest possible measures, Macky told Russian journalists on Friday. The EU has blamed Belarus for the current refugee crisis and imposed sanctions on it. However, Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko said the sanctions “weakened the country’s ability to resolve the crisis.”Photo: Agency


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