Moscow, Nov 26 (EFE) .- Belarusian President Alexandr Lukashenko said today that he will not forcibly return undocumented migrants who have been stranded on the Belarusian-Polish border for more than three weeks.
Lukashenko, who today visited the makeshift industrial warehouse that has been hosting the nearly 2,000 undocumented migrants on the Belarusian-Polish border for eleven days, pointed out that about a thousand people have been repatriated so far on flights to Iraq, the latest 608 on Thursday and previously 431.
Two other repatriation flights are scheduled for today, according to Minsk airport.
In addition to the nearly 2,000 migrants in the logistics center, he said, there are “between 2,000 and 3,000 refugees” from the Middle East in Belarus today.
“But I want you to know that in no case we will stop you, we will tie your hands and put you on a plane to send you home if you do not wish,” he told a group of migrants with whom he spoke, according to the official Belarusian agency, BELTA. .
“Some of you, believing in Western propaganda, are looking for a better life there. Life is probably better there than in the land where they come from. But the worst thing, as I understand it, is that you adults do not see prospects for your children in their homeland, “he said in his staged visit to the logistics center.
He added that now the migrants, who were transferred en masse by their own security forces to the border on the 8th, “have a big problem” being trapped in Belarus without being able to cross into Poland.
“I’m sure this is temporary. We, the Belarusians and myself included, will do whatever they want, even if it is bad for the Poles, the Latvians and anyone else, ”he said, referring not only to the migrants that Minsk brings to the Polish border, but also to those of Latvia and Lithuania since last spring.
Of course, he told the migrants that he does not have many options, because “they will understand that we cannot start a war to open a corridor to Germany.”
Lukashenko suggested that he will do nothing to stop the flow of migrants to the EU’s external borders, stating that if migrants want to get there, “it is their will.”
“Come in, go. That’s the whole philosophy, ”he pointed out to the migrants, while ensuring that up to 200 migrants enter Poland, Lithuania and Latvia every day.
The Secretary of State of the Security Council, Alexandr Volfovich, Belarus assured yesterday that so far this year he has detained 11,500 undocumented migrants and deported 5,000.
The president urged the Poles to allow refugees into Germany, just like the Germans. “
Most people want to be reunited with their relatives. Welcome these people. It is a small burden for Germany, ”he said, according to BELTA. “We will insistently ask the western states to help you,” he added.
He also warned Ukraine that refugees from Afghanistan will try to reach the EU through that country, which has already reinforced its border with Belarus for fear of a repeat of the scenario on the Belarusian-Polish border.
“If we don’t solve the refugee problem in Belarus now, it will be of a greater magnitude. We have to solve it now, the way I said, ”Lukashenko stressed.
“If you do not want to make a decision, tell me, we will solve this problem without you,” he added, addressing the EU, which accuses him of instrumentalizing migrants to wage a “hybrid war” against the 27, in order to destabilize the community bloc.