Belarus-Poland standoff over Afghan migrants highlights EU fears

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Belarus-Poland standoff over Afghan migrants highlights EU fears


“This area between the borders of Poland and Belarus is not a migration problem, but is part of Lukashenko’s aggression against Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, with the aim of destabilizing the EU” , she said in an interview.

“Lukashenko uses human beings in a terrible way,” she added. After giving them visas in Belarus and bringing them to the border, Belarus will not let them go again, she said.

Mr Lukashenko did the same at the Lithuanian and Latvian borders, apparently in retaliation against the European Union for its increasingly severe sanctions against him and his government for fraudulent elections and a fierce crackdown on it. opposition.

This crackdown has gone as far as the state’s hijacking of a civilian theft between Greece and Lithuania to capture a young dissident, Roman Protasevich, and his girlfriend, Sofia Sapega.

“We have a person in a neighboring country who is getting worse and worse, refusing free and fair elections, using violence, forcing an airliner between two member states and now using innocent people from third countries,” Ms. Johansson.

Yet, she said, “the situation is not sustainable, and at the end of the day it is human beings.”

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