‘Families were deceived’: EU Commissioner faults Lukashenka regime for creating migration crisis

The European Commission lays the responsibility for the current migration crisis on the regime of Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

“Lukashenka behaved like an unlicensed tour operator, selling expensive ‘package tours to the EU’, and upon their [migrants’] arrival [in Belarus] they crumbled,” Deutsche Welle quotes EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson with reference to the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag.

“Families and children were deceived and dragged into the tragedy, which has led to much suffering,” she said.

According to Johansson, Lukashenka and his coterie bear ‘overwhelming responsibility’ for the ongoing situation on the borders of the EU.

Since the summer of 2021, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia have been confronting the issue of migration flows through the territory of Belarus. EU member states accuse the Lukashenka regime of facilitating irregular migration to Europe and deliberately smuggling migrants from the Middle East to the Belarus-EU borders. The West considers Minsk’s actions in this field as a hybrid war.

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