The European Union accuses President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko Orchestrating a wave of migrants and refugees, mostly from the Middle East, and pushing them to try to enter the European Union, in response to the sanctions imposed by Brussels on his country following a brutal crackdown on dissent, the Belarusian president denies this.
For its part, Belarus warned Poland against carrying out “provocations” on the common border.
Earlier, the Kremlin announced that the President of Belarus and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, his main ally, spoke by phone and discussed the tension on the border between Belarus and Poland.
The Kremlin said in a statement that the two presidents “exchanged views on the situation of refugees” as hundreds of migrants gather at the border amid the frost, a situation that Warsaw Minsk has accused of orchestrating.
On Monday, Warsaw announced the arrival of 3,000 to 4,000 migrants to its border with Belarus, which has been experiencing a migrant crisis since the summer, and repelled a collective attempt to cross into its territory.
“We will not succumb to intimidation and will defend peace in Europe with our partners from NATO and the European Union,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki tweeted on Tuesday.