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Poland-Belarus Migrant Crisis
Tensions on the Belarusian-Polish border flared up in November as Middle Eastern and African refugees started arriving in Belarus to cross into the EU. Warsaw claims Belarus orchestrated the crisis, while Minsk blames the Western military ops for the growing migrant flow.
In this image taken with a drone Polish servicemen use a water cannon during clashes between migrants and Polish border guards at the Belarus-Poland border near Grodno, Belarus, on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021 - Sputnik International

Live Updates: Polish PM Offers to Finance Foreigners' Flights From Belarus Border to Their Homeland

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Several dozen refugees were injured and several others were admitted to a hospital as tensions escalated on the Poland-Belarus border.
Around 3,500 migrants have gathered on the Polish border, trying to cross from Belarus into the EU. Earlier this week, some tried to tear down the fences along the border, but they were dispersed by the Polish Border Guard using tear gas, stun grenades, and water cannons.
Since July, Lithuania, Latvia, and Poland have reported an increase in the number of illegal migrants arriving on their borders with Belarus and accused Minsk of encouraging refugees to cross into the EU.
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16:53 GMT 18.11.2021
German Interior Minister Denies Reports About Berlin's Readiness to Accept Refugees
German Interior MinisterHorst Seehofer denied reports alleging that Germany declared its readiness to accept part of the migrants from the Polish-Belarusian border.
"An example of such false information today was that the federal government was allegedly ready to accept a certain number of refugees. It was about 2,000. I immediately contacted the Federal Chancellor and received a clear answer that this was false information," Seehofer said after a meeting with a Polish counterpart in Warsaw.
Europe in the future "will have to deal more often with the fact that with the help of false reports, attempts are made to exert pressure," he said
"This message is false. Everything remains as discussed by the Chancellor and the Polish Prime Minister as well as by us: everything we do, we coordinate, we contact each other and do not play politics behind the backs of our partners," Seehofer added.
He stressed that Germany was ready to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants who have ended up in Belarus, but does not intend to accept them.
"These people are an instrument of a hybrid strategy. Therefore, it would be in our European values ​​to take care of supplying [humanitarian aid] to these refugees. What we are not going to do is accept refugees, succumb to pressure and say that we accept refugees in European countries. Because this will mean that the calculation [of the organizers of the scheme for promoting migrants] has worked," he said.
16:09 GMT 18.11.2021
All Refugees From Camp on Border With Poland Moved to Logistics Center - Minsk
The Belarusian State Border Committee said that all refugees from the spontaneous camp at the Bruzgi checkpoint on the border with Poland voluntarily moved to a logistics center equipped by the authorities to accommodate migrants.
"As of November 18, all refugees from the spontaneous camp on the Belarusian-Polish border near the Bruzgi checkpoint [Kuznica on the Polish side] voluntarily moved to the territory of the transport and logistics center due to sharply worsening weather conditions and the emerging threat to life, especially of children," the ministry said on Telegram.
It emphasized that the foreigners were provided with hot meals, warm clothes and basic necessities. Also, all those in need were provided with medical assistance.
15:59 GMT 18.11.2021
Polish Prime Minister Offers to Finance Flights of Migrants From Belarus to Homeland
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki offered to finance the flights of foreigners who were stranded in Belarus to their homeland.
"I believe that we must bring through a solidary and decisive policy, a decisive defense of the border of Poland, Lithuania and Latvia with Belarus until the migrants return home. We can help them with this, we can help them in financing flights from Belarus, from Minsk, to Baghdad, Istanbul or other cities," Morawiecki told reporters on Thursday.
15:55 GMT 18.11.2021
Germany Not Going to Close Border With Poland Amid Migration Crisis
Germany is not going to close the border with Poland, this will not be a solution to the migration problem, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said.
"We in Germany constantly hear demands from police trade unions that I should close the border with Poland, introduce border controls. We agree [with Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski] that this is not a way to solve the problem. The problem is not in the German border with Poland, "Seehofer said at a press conference following a meeting with his Polish counterpart in Warsaw.
15:54 GMT 18.11.2021
Poland Delivers Ultimatum to Belarus, Promising to Close Railway Checkpoint in Kuznica
Poland delivered an ultimatum to Belarus, promising to close railway checkpoint in Kuznitsa, the republic’s interior ministry said in a statement.
"Minister [of Internal Affairs and Administration] Mariusz Kaminski instructed the Chief Commandant of the Border Guard to address the Chairman of the Belarusian State Border Committee, Gen. Anatoly Lappo, with a letter calling for stabilization of the situation near the border checkpoint in Kuznica. If there is no response to this appeal, the Polish side will suspend the activity of the railway border crossing located there," the statement says.
15:54 GMT 18.11.2021
Lithuanian Prime Minister Opposes Negotiations With Lukashenko Over Migration Crisis
Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė on Thursday opposed negotiations with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and cautioned the European Union against giving him additional leverage in the migration crisis.
On Tuesday, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said there are options to solve the migration crisis by communicating with Lukashenko, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel has done. On Monday, Merkel discussed with Lukashenko the situation on the border between Belarus and the European Union.
"I don’t think that Lithuania’s foreign policy is changing, but in such conditions it is important not to give additional leverage to such as Mister Lukashenko," Šimonytė said in an interview with Delfi news portal.
According to the prime minister, Lukashenko is trying to benefit from the situation.
"Will the European Union be able to remain united in its assessments until the end, as it has been so far? I really hope that it will be so, and that this will not mean that we negotiate with people blackmailing the EU and trying to gain recognition," Šimonytė added.
14:24 GMT 18.11.2021
Arab League Hopes Root Causes of Migration Will Soon Be Addressed
The League of Arab States (LAS) expressed on Thursday the hope that the basic causes of migrant displacement will be addressed soon, amid the Belarus-Poland border crisis.
"The General Secretariat is keen on shedding light on the suffering of migrants and refugees, which has intensified over the past years. It emphasizes the importance of their issues to the League of Arab States and extends a statement of solidarity, with the hope that the root causes of displacement will be addressed," the LAS said in a statement, citing the tensions at the Belarusian-Polish border that have claimed numerous lives, including those of Arab migrants.
The league has stressed the importance of respect for human rights and hailed the contribution of humanitarian groups in providing migrants with essential assistance.
13:41 GMT 18.11.2021
Putin: Europe is Using Migrant Crisis as Pretext to Pressure Belarus
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Poland-Belarus Migrant Crisis
Putin: Europe is Using Migrant Crisis as Pretext to Pressure Belarus
11:46 GMT 18.11.2021
European Commission Says to Hold Only Technical Talks on Migrants With Belarus
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The European Commission will only hold technical contacts with Belarus on migrants, spokesman Eric Mamer on Thursday, adding that this will not affect the issue of imposing new sanctions.

"There is no question with negotiating with [Belarusian President Alexander] Lukashenko's regime. We will hold technical talks with the UN agencies and the Belarusian counterparts in order to facilitate the repatriation of the people in the border," Mamer said during the commission's briefing.

The spokesman also said that the work on the EU sanctions is now "finalised."

"In terms of sanctions, nothing has changed our position remains as it was before when it comes to Belarus," Mamer added.

10:01 GMT 18.11.2021
Kazakhstan Mulling Banning Air Transfer to Belarus for Some States
ALMATY (Sputnik) - Kazakhstan authorities are considering a temporary ban on air transfer of some nationals to Belarus due to the migration crisis at the Belarusian-Polish border, Chairman of the Civil Aviation Committee Talgat Lastayev told Sputnik on Thursday.

"The issue is being studied together with concerned governmental agencies", Lastayev said.

09:46 GMT 18.11.2021
G7 Condemns Belarus, Accuses Minsk of Encouraging Illegal Migration

"We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union condemn the Belarus regime’s orchestration of irregular migration across its borders. These callous acts are putting people’s lives at risk. We are united in our solidarity with Poland, as well as Lithuania and Latvia, who have been targeted by this provocative use of irregular migration as a hybrid tactic," the G7 said in a joint statement.

08:30 GMT 18.11.2021
Around 100 Migrants Detained on Poland-Belarus Border Overnight
07:21 GMT 18.11.2021
Refugees Gather at Logistics Centre in Belarus After Poland Disperses Crowd Trying to Cross Border
A group of migrants walk near a barbed wire fence while moving toward a makeshift camp on the Belarusian-Polish border in the Grodno region, Belarus November 12, 2021. Leonid Scheglov/BelTA/Handout via REUTERS  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. MANDATORY CREDIT. - Sputnik International, 1920, 18.11.2021
Poland-Belarus Migrant Crisis
Refugees Gather at Logistics Centre in Belarus After Poland Disperses Crowd Trying to Cross Border
07:17 GMT 18.11.2021
Two Migrants Hospitalised From Belarus-Poland Border - Belarusian Health Ministry

"In total, over the past day, nine patients have turned to the ambulance doctors on duty at the Belarusian-Polish border. Two of them have been hospitalised", the ministry wrote on its Telegram channel.

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