EU present new sanctions against Belarus over migrant crisis

21:51, 15 November 2021
EU present new sanctions against Belarus over migrant crisis Photo: Leonid Shcheglov/BelTA/TASS

The European Union has agreed on a list of sanctions that will be imposed on Belarus over the migrant crisis on the country’s border with Poland.

In turn Belarus denied the accusations and called them “absurd.”

The west sees the crisis as an event orchestrated by the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko who is allegedly attempting to get his revenge on Europe and the US for the imposed sanctions.

"This inhumane system of using refugees as tools to exert pressure on the European Union ... has got worse over the last days," German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a statement.

Lukashenko says that it is not true and on the contrary blames western countries for the maltreatment of the migrants who are freezing at the border.

The total death toll at the border has recently went up to 10 as a young Syrian man was founddead yesterday. 

The new sanctions will target airlines and travel agencies which were reported to be helping Belarus gather as many migrants as possible at the border with Poland.

Earlier, Turkish Airlines banned Syrians, Iraqis, and Yemenis from flying out to Belarus amid fears that the company might come under sanctions too.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that NATO must take “concrete steps” to resolve the immigrant crisis, adding that Poland, Lithuania and Latvia have the right to ask for NATO consultation according to the alliance treaty’s fourth article.