Nov. 11, 2021 Belarus-Poland border crisis deepens

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko speaks during a cabinet meeting in Minsk, Belarus, on Thursday, November 11.
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko speaks throughout a cabinet conference in Minsk, Belarus, on Thursday, November 11. (Nikolay Petrov/BelTA/Pool/AP)

Belarus is all set to provide a reaction to any brand-new plans of sanctions, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko stated on Thursday at a conference with the management of the Council of Ministers.

The European Union, the United States and NATO have actually implicated the Belarusian leader of producing a migrant crisis on the EU’s eastern frontier as retribution for sanctions over human rights abuses. 

The European Union is set to extend sanctions versus Belarus, Germany’s acting Foreign Minister Heiko Maas informed German legislators on Thursday. The United States is likewise preparing “follow up sanctions” developed to hold Belarusian leaders responsible for “ongoing attacks on democracy, human rights and international norms,” a spokesperson for the White Home’s National Security Council stated on Wednesday.

“Too many people started scaring us with the fifth package [of sanctions]. Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko, you were instructed on this fifth package: we should not forgive them anything,” Lukashenko stated, describing the Belarus federal government leader.

“Poland is terrifying us that it will close the border. Please, close: less fugitives will move there. The concern is not that. I simply listened to these rascals, who are really headless. And if we close the transit through Belarus? It will not go through Ukraine: the Russian border is closed there. There are no roadways through the Baltic States. If we close it for Poles and, for instance, for the Germans, what will occur then? We should not stop at absolutely nothing safeguarding our sovereignty and self-reliance,” Lukashenko said.

He also noted that the transnational export gas pipeline Yamal – Europe runs through Belarus, and recently the volume of gas transit from Russia to the West has significantly increased.

“We are heating Europe and they still threaten us with closing the border. And what if we shut off natural gas there? I would therefore recommend that the leadership of Poland, Lithuania and other headless people think before speaking. But this is their business. If they are closing it, let them close it. The Foreign Ministry must warn everyone in Europe: if they impose additional sanctions on us, which are ‘indigestible’ and ‘unacceptable’ for us, we must answer,” stated Lukashenko. 

In a declaration released on Thursday by the press service of the President of the Republic of Belarus, the president declared there are efforts to move weapons and ammo to the camp of migrants in order to provoke a dispute. 

Lukashenko stated the Ministry of Defense, the KGB and the border soldiers require to make sure control over the motion of NATO and Polish soldiers.

“You can already see 15,000 military personnel, tanks, armored vehicles, helicopters and planes flew. They pulled up to our border, moreover, insolently, without warning anyone. Although under contracts they are obliged to do this,” Lukashenko stated.

“You must see them, and you must have plans of counteraction, God forbid that. We are not deploying our group of the Armed Forces, I did not give such instructions. But we must see. And foresee everything. So, if they create a war on the border there, and we turn out not to be ready for it, ” stressed out Lukashenko.

Lukashenko included that he had actually asked the Russian Ministry of Defense through the Russian President Vladimir Putin to sign up with the watch on the borders of Belarus.

“As I noticed yesterday, they sent strategic bombers here, accompanied by our fighter jets. We must constantly monitor the situation at the border. Let them squeak and shout. Yes, these are bombers that are capable of carrying nuclear weapons. But we have no other choice here. We must see what they are doing there outside,” he stated.

The president kept in mind that Russians and Belarusians should manage the scenario together.

“That ring — the Baltic States, Poland and Ukraine — should be monitored by Russian and Belarusian servicemen. This is what we have agreed with the Russians. We must not joke. The situation there is serious. Most importantly, they have moved away from the agreements. We do not know what they want,” stated Lukashenko.

The President stated that on Thursday early morning there were 1,790 individuals in the camp and 322 on the Polish side, whom the Poles attempted to press out into Belarusian area in the evening. 

“But it didn’t work out. They don’t want to go from there. And now 322 people are sitting there on that border. It’s okay, they will sort it out there. But there are 1,790 people, who are mostly in the camp in the Bruzgi area,” stated Lukashenko.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.