Russian President Vladimir Putin and the President of the European Council Charles Michel spoke during a telephone conversation about the crisis on the border between Belarus and EU countries. They agreed on “the need to solve the crisis as soon as possible based on international humanitarian law,” the Kremlin press service reported in a statement on Wednesday, quoted by the TASS agency.
Vladimir Putin spoke of “counter-effective” sanctions and “provocations of the Ukrainian side”
According to the announcement, Putin was to draw Michel’s attention to the use of water cannons, tear gas, stun grenades and other special equipment by the Polish forces. The President of Russia also appealed to the head of the European Council that, in cooperation with Warsaw, “no acts of violence against migrants should be allowed”. He emphasized that the EU should influence Poland to “refrain from actions that could lead to an escalation of tensions on the border with Belarus”. Putin further said that the sanctions the EU is considering against Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s regime are “counterproductive”.
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The conversation also touched on the tense situation in eastern Ukraine. “The Russian president expressed his concern at the constant provocations of the Ukrainian side aimed at aggravating the situation” in the Donbass. They also talked about settling the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh and the situation in Libya and Afghanistan, the Kremlin press service reported.
The Polish Border Guard informed on Twitter that on November 23, 267 attempts to cross it illegally were recorded at the Polish-Belarusian border. Border guards applied the decision to leave the territory of our country against 44 foreigners.
The appeal of the Granica Group
The current migration crisis has been triggered and escalated by the regime of Alexander Lukashenka and the services subordinate to him. The aim of these activities is to destabilize the situation in Poland, and to exert political pressure on the entire European Union. In the face of the real threat of deterioration of the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border, we publish:
“Granica Group’s appeal to create a humanitarian corridor
Due to the growing risk of an escalation of violence on the Polish-Belarusian border, the Granica Group appealed to national and international institutions, including the United Nations, the Ombudsman and the OSCE. Activists call for monitoring the situation and putting pressure on the Polish authorities to ensure that they immediately provide humanitarian and medical aid at the border. The government was also called upon to create a humanitarian corridor.
Instead of illegal deportations, violence and ignoring the humanitarian crisis, we demand protection of life and health, opposition to torture, and protection and respect for the rights of migrants. As a state, we have a duty to provide assistance to those exploited by the Lukashenka regime – international protection for people fleeing violence, persecution or war, and for the rest of them a safe return home. It is not only a moral imperative, but also an obligation under international law.
In the face of the real threat of an escalation of the situation on the border, we appeal to the government and the Border Guard, the Ministry of Interior and Administration and the Territorial Defense Forces to respect the basic principles of humanitarianism, to take measures to save the life and health of migrants, i.e. women, children, elderly people and men who flee countries affected by conflicts, persecution and destabilization.
There can be no violence or violations of human rights at the Polish border, which we have been observing for weeks. A safe border is one where migrants can count on protection. It’s one where no one dies. “