The EU has cornered itself by antagonising Belarus, the nation’s high diplomat has claimed in an interview with RT, alleging Brussels is threatening Minsk and providing monetary incentives to these pushing for regime change.
There are solely two components left of the EU’s insurance policies relating to relations with Belarus, the nation’s Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei argued on Friday.
“There are financial promises, which they give to our fugitive politicians. They say ‘we’ll give you three billion euros, and Belarus will turn into a democracy at once.’ And the other component is the axe of sanctions,” he alleged, with out naming the figures involved.
Just two issues: bribery and blackmail.
Makei insists this approach explains why Belarus and the EU have been unable to make progress in resolving the continuing refugee disaster, which all sides blames on the opposite.
The bloc and plenty of overseas analysts have accused Minsk of orchestrating a pointy rise within the variety of would-be asylum seekers making an attempt to cross into Poland and Lithuania. Its high officers have alleged Minsk is waging a ‘hybrid struggle’ towards the West, utilizing folks as pawns. Tens of 1000’s of refugees tried to cross from Belarus into the EU this yr, most coming from conflict-ravaged nations like Iraq and Syria, with Brussels alleging Minsk is laying on flights to deliver them in and inspiring them to go to the border.
Belarus in flip claims that elevated strain from the EU left it with a scarcity of sources to correctly display worldwide arrivals and compelled its border guard to refocus consideration on threats like drug smuggling. The EU’s hostility in the direction of Minsk stands in the way in which of resolving the scenario with a complete approach that such a fancy drawback requires, Belarusian officers have stated.
The nation has been subjected to 4 rounds of sanctions by the EU within the aftermath of final summer season’s disputed presidential elections, which the opposition, and plenty of worldwide observers, declare was rigged. Brussels accuses Minsk of mass violations of human rights and a crackdown on the opposition after large-scale protests noticed 1000’s take to the streets calling for a brand new vote.
Commenting to RT on the border disaster, Makei turned his hearth on Poland, accusing it of utilizing the scenario as a distraction from its personal home insurance policies, which have put it at odds with Brussels. The EU is contemplating withholding funding of Poland from the union’s price range in response to what Brussels considers curbs on democracy and rule of regulation by the Polish authorities.
“Poland, in my personal opinion, is a totally xenophobic nation when it comes to migrants, especially migrants from Muslim nations,” Makei blasted. “Current events prove that Poland, as well as some Baltic states, are violating all possible international laws and norms of morality.”
The Belarusian minister additionally commented on the plans to contain British navy engineers within the border stand-off, which has been reported by Poland. Warsaw has stated the UK will assist the Poles fortify their border towards Minsk.
In distinction, Makei claimed, the UK has been in no rush to deploy the Royal Navy to the English Channel in response to record-breaking crossings by migrants there, which topped the 1,000-per-day benchmark this week. Neither did London declare a state of emergency, not like what Warsaw did because of the scenario at its border with Belarus, the official stated. The UK authorities has actually deployed warships to the Channel over the scenario, however a plan to make use of the navy to take care of the disaster final yr confronted staunch authorized opposition.
The overseas minister reiterated that his authorities would reply within the harshest method if the EU imposes a brand new spherical of sanctions towards Belarus to punish it for the border disaster. He didn’t touch upon remarks made this week by the nation’s embattled chief Alexander Lukashenko, who urged the nation might minimize provides of Russian pure fuel to Europe that transit there through its territory, if new EU sanctions come into drive.
On Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin hit out on the suggestion, saying “nothing good will come out of it.” According to him, such a move can be a “violation” of current agreements and “not help in the development of our relations with Belarus as a transit country.”
The Yamal-Europe gas pipeline runs from Russia’s Yamal peninsula to Frankfurt-an-der-Oder in Germany, via Belarus and Poland. Russia’s state-backed gas giant Gazprom owns the Belarusian portion of the link.
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