The Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko is urging that the Federal Republic accept 2,000 people. Once again he refers to an alleged promise made by Chancellor Angela Merkel.
In the crisis of thousands of migrants stranded in Belarus, ruler Alexander Lukashenko once again called on people to take them in during a visit to the emergency shelter in Germany. “2,000 people – that’s not a big problem for Germany,” said Lukashenko on Friday in Brusgi on the border with Poland. “Chancellor Merkel agrees,” he asserted again. Lukashenko had made a similar statement a few days ago after two phone calls with the executive head of government Angela Merkel (CDU) – afterwards there was a clear denial from Berlin.
The people in the emergency accommodation in a logistics hall wanted to go to Germany to see their families and loved ones. “Please take these people in with you. That is not a great burden,” said Lukashenko.
The Greens leader and foreign minister-designate Annalena Baerbock criticized the phone calls between Merkel and Lukashenko on Friday. You shouldn’t “allow yourself to be blackmailed by a dictator,” she said. And: Merkel did not have to speak to Lukashenko personally. Read more about it here.
For weeks, thousands of migrants have been trying to get from Belarus across the EU’s external borders to Poland or Lithuania. The EU accuses the authoritarian Lukashenko of having deliberately flown people from crisis regions into Minsk in order to then smuggle them into the EU and destabilize the situation there.
Hundreds of people again decided to return to their home countries, including Iraq and Syria, on Thursday and Friday. As the airport in Minsk announced, another plane to Erbil in Iraq took off on Friday night at 2.45 a.m. (local time).
Meanwhile, according to the Polish border guards, a group of around 200 migrants tried in vain to break through the border barriers from Belarus and get into the EU. The incident occurred on Thursday near the town of Czeremsza, the authority announced on Friday.