Recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin outlets about the migration crisis on the EU-Belarus borders.
The claim that Poland does not want to solve the migration crisis on the border with Belarus through diplomatic tools is ungrounded. The pro-Kremlin media regularly accuse Poland of its deliberate worsening of relations with Russia and unwillingness to improve relations with Moscow. Current issues in Polish-Russian relations are directly linked to Russia’s actions (violations of international law, historical revisionism, ungrounded expulsion of a Polish diplomat, to name a few).
At the same time, the current developments on the EU-Belarus border were caused by Belarus as a response to EU sanctions imposed on Minsk for its oppressive measures against the political opposition. There is plenty of evidence that the Belarusian authorities have instigated the ongoing irregular migration flows to the EU borders via Belarus.
The president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said that situation on the EU-Belarusian border is not a bilateral issue of Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus but a hybrid attack against the whole EU. The vice-president of the European Commission and high representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy (HRVP) Josep Borrell stressed that responsibility for the migration crisis falls on the Lukashenka regime.
See our earlier articles on the Belarus migration situation here and here.