Russian President Vladimir Putin said Western countries in Europe were responsible for the crisis when Poland asked NATO to take “concrete steps” to resolve the situation
Britain’s proposal for a possible war with Russia over tensions in Eastern Europe was “not helpful,” an expert said after Britain warned the military to be prepared for conflict.
“It is easy for both Russia and Great Britain / USA to succumb to the rhetoric of the Cold War. A lot of it is posing, ”said Eleanor Bindman, Senior Lecturer on Eastern European Politics at Manchester Metropolitan University I.
Ukraine has said that nearly 100,000 Russian soldiers have gathered near their border.
The outgoing chief of the British armed forces, General Sir Nick Carter, said the military must be ready for war with Russia, which the escalating migrant crisis on the Belarus-Polish border used as a distraction.
“We have to be on our guard and make sure that deterrence prevails, but above all we have to make sure that the NATO alliance is united and that we do not allow any gaps in our collective position,” Sir Nick told the BBC The Andrew Marr Show.
He said migrants on the Polish-Belarusian border were being pushed “to the borders of the European Union” by Minsk in an attempt to destabilize the region that came straight out of the “Russian game book” and said there was now a greater risk more accidentally Conflicts with Russia break out more than ever since the Cold War.
Moscow rejected such proposals as a “hollow and unfounded attempt to stir up tension”.
Dr. Bindman said: “Britain is pretty unhelpful with comments like that,” adding: that it was “ridiculous” to claim that Russia wanted a hot war – a conflict with actual fighting – and said it was not in the country’s best interests.
The UK has sent its military to help prevent desperate people from crossing the Polish border with Belarus into Europe.
It has dispatched a team of 10 armed forces to Poland to provide “technical support” to help repair and maintain the fence along the border with Belarus, where a state of emergency has been declared.
Dr. Bindman said this prevents migrants from crossing the border and seeking asylum to which they have a right under international law, adding that it is “outrageous to call this a security crisis”.
“There is no question about that [Belarusian president Alexander] Lukashenko is horribly and effectively using these people as human shields, but that is no reason for Poland and, more broadly, for Britain to portray these people as undeservedly of the most basic human rights, ”she said.
Dr. Bindman also pointed out that the Polish government is “extremely right-wing and xenophobic” and hostile to immigrants, saying: “It is appalling that the British government is doing this”.
“There is a really depressing lack of sympathy from European countries,” she added.
Foreign Minister Liz Truss called on Russia, Belarus’ closest ally, to step in and end what she called the “shamefully made” migrant crisis, but Russia hit back, saying Britain was to blame.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Sakharova said Britain has “a clear historical responsibility for everything that happens in the region” from the moment it invaded Iraq, adding that there was “endless flows of refugees” caused.
“The British invasion of Iraq was carefully planned. 45,000 British soldiers helped the United States occupy this country, kill its citizens and plunder the bowels of the earth, ”she wrote on social media on Sunday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with Russian state television broadcaster Rossiya 1 that Western European countries are responsible for the crisis.
“We shouldn’t forget the roots of these migration crises. Was it Belarus that caused these problems? No, the problems were caused by the West, the European countries, ”he said.
“We have absolutely nothing to do with it. They try to shift the responsibility on to us on the slightest pretext or even without any pretext. “
Thousands of migrants have traveled to Belarus in the hope of entering the European Union (EU) via Poland, only to be stuck at the border in icy conditions.
An estimated nine people have reportedly died of hypothermia so far, including a 14-year-old boy, with fears that more people could freeze to death this winter.
Recordings on Monday showed hundreds of migrants leaving a camp on the Belarusian side and heading for a border crossing into Poland, where as many Polish troops are stationed to prevent them from entering.
The Belarusian journalist Tadeusz Giczan tweeted that police and water cannons were used on the Polish side of the border when a column of migrants about 1 km long was ready to “storm” the border crossing.
He posted a video allegedly shared by the Polish Ministry of Defense “showing gunshots (most likely spaces) being fired by the Belarusian side”.