The President of the United States, Joe Biden, confirmed on Friday “Gravely concerned” about the situation on the border between Poland and Belarus, And announced contacts with the state and Russia to address the matter.
“It is a major concern. We have conveyed our concerns to Russia (…) and Belarus. We think it’s a problem.”The president said in response to a question from the press, according to the White House.
On her part, the Vice President of the United States of America said, Kamala Harris criticized the “disturbing activities” of the Belarusian dictator, Alexander Lukashenko, on the border with Poland in the midst of a migration crisis.
In a press conference during his visit to France, Harris stated that the administration of President Joe Biden is “concerned” about the matter He confirmed that the matter was discussed with French President Emmanuel Macron, who met him during his visit to the country.
According to information from the White House, he said, “We are closely monitoring the situation.” “The eyes of the whole world and all the leaders are on what is happening there”He insisted.
Thousands of immigrants, mostly from Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries, All this year they tried to cross the Belarusian border to enter the territory of the European Union.
Lukashenko, whom Brussels has listed as sanctions in connection with the controversial elections held in August 2020, warned against Your administration will not stop the flow of immigrants. This led the Polish authorities to declare a state of emergency in the border areas and to deploy the army in the area.
Russia and Belarus, for their part, He announced the conduct of a series of “combat readiness” exercises, which led to the deployment of paratroopers in the neighboring country. Minsk emphasized, however, that the maneuvers were due to increased military activity on its borders.
Western member states of the Security Council On Thursday, he denounced at an emergency session that the Belarusian regime “endangered” human life for “political purposes”. With the “organized exploitation” of migrants stranded at Belarus’ borders with EU countries, in particular with Poland.
United States, United Kingdom, Estonia, France, Ireland, Norway and Albania issued a joint statement in the framework of the UN Security Council meeting on the situation, They regretted that its goal was to “destabilize neighboring countries and the external borders of the European Union”.
And this, according to the statement, seeks in turn to ‘Distracting’ from ‘growing human rights violations’ The German news agency reported that Minsk is practicing it.
(With information from Europa Press)