‘I’m not a madman’: Lukashenko sticks to his stance on Polish border standoff

Military deployments from the Polish facet are an “intimidation” try, the Belarusian president has claimed amid the escalating standoff between migrants looking for to enter the EU and Warsaw’s border safety forces.

Veteran chief Alexander Lukashenko made his first feedback relating to the continuing border disaster in an interview with the editor-in-chief of the Russian journal ‘Natsionalnaya Oborona’ (National Defense), Igor Korotchenko, on Tuesday. The already tense state of affairs on the Belarus-Poland border had deteriorated even additional the day earlier than, when a big group of unlawful migrants approached it from the Belarusian facet, assembly a big police and army presence from Poland.

Warsaw accuses Minsk of intentionally trying to “weaponise” asylum seekers, as a type of revenge for EU sanctions. 

“It is clear that this is some kind of training or intimidation,” Lukashenko stated, including that Belarus was not attempting to impress anybody, however solely defending its pursuits. Seeking an armed battle in the course of Europe can be “suicide,” he stated, significantly since in the event that they “misstep” it will “immediately draw Russia into this vortex.”

I’m not a madman, I completely perceive what this may result in. We are conscious, we all know our place… however we won’t get on our knees.

Belarus has by no means sought and isn’t looking for to “attack Poland”, Lukashenko burdened, warning, nonetheless, that the migrant disaster could devolve right into a “flashpoint” as the entire state of affairs offers “rich soil for provocations.”

The tensions on the Belarus-Poland border flared up on Monday amid the arrival of a giant crowd of unlawful migrants looking for to reach the EU. Up to 4,000 persons are at the moment amassed on the border, in line with Polish estimates, with an additional 10,000 heading towards the frontier elsewhere throughout Belarus. Poland has deployed extra police and army forces to ramp up safety on the border, partaking migrants who tried to interrupt by the border fencing utilizing bolt cutters and different instruments, in addition to felling timber onto it.

Warsaw has reiterated its accusations towards Minsk of aiding and directing the migrant inflow, alleging that Belarusian secret providers have been even immediately serving to the migrants to dismantle razor wire fencing on the border. Minsk, nonetheless, has constantly rejected any allegations of by some means directing or “weaponizing” the migration disaster, and insisted it merely stopped any efforts to forestall the migrants from reaching the EU.

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