In a telephone conversation with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that the EU should influence Poland to give up steps that could lead to an escalation of tensions on the Polish-Belarusian border, the Kremlin press services quoted, quoted by AFP agencies , Reuters and EFE.
Michel and Putin spoke in favor of “the necessity to quickly resolve the border crisis based on the norms of international humanitarian law,” reads the Kremlin’s communiqué.
According to the statement, Putin drew Michel’s attention to the use of tear gas, stun grenades and other special measures against migrants by Polish services.
Putin also called on the head of the European Council that “no acts of violence against migrants should be allowed”.
The Russian leader also described the sanctions against Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s regime, which the EU considers as “counterproductive”.
Michel and Putin also talked about the situation in eastern Ukraine, and the president “expressed his concern about the provocations of the Ukrainian side leading to increased tensions” in the Donbas, and about the settlement of the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh and the situation in Libya and Afghanistan, the Kremlin informed.
In a previous phone conversation with Putin on September 8, Michel condemned Belarus’ use of migrants as a weapon against EU Member States.