Eastern Europe

Belarusian President Lukashenko threatens Europe to cut gas

15:33, 11 November 2021
Belarusian President Lukashenko threatens Europe to cut gas Photo: Anatoly Lomokhov/Global Look Press

The Head of State has also warned that Belarus can block transit transport systems from Poland and Germany to Russia.

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko announced on Thursday that he can block the exports of Russian gas to Europe as a response to potential sanctions imposed by the EU over the migrant crisis at the Belarus-Poland border.

According to local media agency Belta, the President delivered a speech to Belarusian ministers during a meeting this morning, urging them to take tough measures to respond to the EU “aggression”.

“We heat Europe while they threaten to close the border. What if we cut the gas going there? I would recommend the Polish, Lithuanians and other brainless think before they talk. Well, that is their business. If they want to close – let it be so. But our Foreign Ministry should warn everyone in Europe that if they impose new unacceptable sanctions on us, we must respond.”

Lukashenko has also directed Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko to consider closing roads from Germany and Poland to Russia, highlighting that Belarus must protect its sovereignty.

“We must forgive them nothing. Poland threatens to close the border. You are welcome, fewer migrants will be there. That is not about it though. It's about the fact that I listened to that scum, absolutely insane. What if we block transit through Belarus? There is no alternative way in Ukraine as it closed the Russian border. In the Baltic states, there are no roads. If we close it to the Polish and German, for example, what will they do?”

Belarus and Poland alongside the EU are facing a migrant crisis as hundreds of refugees are seeking to penetrate the territory of the EU member. The bloc presumes that Lukashenko gets asylum seekers from the Middle East and Afghanistan to push them at the border with Europe.

The EU accused Belarus of carrying out a "hybrid attack" and threatened to introduce new sanctions on Belarus, while Lukashenko supported by Russia’s President Putin blamed the EU for betraying their ideals and migrant policy violation.

Europe is suffering from an energy crisis with gas and electricity costs spiking by more than 25%. Vladimir Putin has earlier put the blame on the EU who showed mismanagement, according to the Russian Head of State.