Makei and Borrell held talks against the backdrop of a worsening refugee crisis on the Belarusian-Polish border. The Council of the European Union will soon discuss new sanctions against Minsk. Belarus noted that the approach of restrictions is counterproductive brought to the interlocutor information about the steps taken by Belarus to reduce the flow of migrants from Asia, Africa and the Middle East, the provision of humanitarian assistance to refugees at the border, interaction on this issue with the relevant international organizations of the UN system, '', & mdash; said in the message of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus.
The parties confirmed their interest in an early settlement of the migration crisis and agreed to maintain open channels for dialogue.
Makei noted that Belarus is ready for an 'equal and mutually respectful dialogue' with the EU. In addition, during the talks, the sides stressed the “ futility of sanctions and the counterproductiveness of sanctions approaches for the development of relations '' The European Union with Minsk.
Earlier, Borrell also held talks with the Foreign Ministers of Poland and Lithuania. “ Tonight I spoke with Zbigniew Rau and Gabrielus Landsbergis about the unacceptable instrumentalization of people by the Lukashenka regime at the EU borders, '' & mdash; he said on Twitter. Further steps on the situation on the Belarusian-Polish border will be discussed on November 15 at the Council of Foreign Ministers, Borrell added.
In an interview with the newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche, he confirmed that during this meeting, the ministers will consider new sanctions against Belarus. This is necessary so that the restrictions “ can be applied to anyone involved in the smuggling of migrants into this country, such as the airlines or travel agencies involved, '' Borrell explained.
The migration crisis at the EU border and Belarus escalated in early November. Thousands of refugees from the Middle East went to the border points with Poland. Several times the migrants managed to break through by storm into Polish territory, but then they were detained by the police.
The EU believes that the influx of migrants was organized by the Belarusian authorities, who allegedly pursue their political goals. Minsk denied these allegations and stated that the refugees themselves decided to head to the Polish border in order to draw attention to “ Poland's actions in terms of non-observance of human rights. ''
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