Russian President Vladimir Putin recently said in an interview with the program “Moscow. Kremlin. Putin,” that Russia has nothing to do with the migration crisis on the border between Belarus and the EU.
“I want everyone to know: we have nothing to do with it,” Putin said. At the same time, he stressed that Russian airlines do not carry migrants who are now on the border between Belarus and the EU. In addition, Putin believes that it was the West that caused the migration crisis.
Putin expressed hope that Alyaksandr Lukashenka and German Chancellor Angela Merkel would soon have a conversation.
“I understand that Alyaksandr Ryhoravich Lukashenka and Chancellor Merkel are ready to talk to each other. I hope it will happen soon. It is most important because migrants, first of all, strive for Germany,” said Putin.
At the same time, he did not specify how he concluded that Merkel and Lukashenka are ready to negotiate the solution to the migration crisis. Earlier, Berlin and Minsk did not say anything about it.
At the same time, Putin distanced himself from Lukashenka, who recently threatened to cut off Russian gas transit to Europe. The Russian leader said he had not discussed this issue with Lukashenka:
“Well, to be honest, this is the first time I’ve heard about it because I’ve spoken to Alyaksandr Ryhoravich twice recently. He never once told me about it, never even hinted at it. Well, he may probably do it. Although there’s nothing good in it.”