France has accused the family of Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko of organized human trafficking. Lukashenko’s relatives are purposefully organizing the trips of migrants arriving in Belarus, to its borders with the European Union, said on Wednesday, October 27, Secretary of State for European Affairs at the French Foreign Ministry Clement Bon, without giving specific names, according to DW. According to him, the goal of the Belarusian side is to weaken and divide the EU.
Lukashenko wants to trap the European Union by claiming that Europe is violating its own principles, Bonn said. The representative of the French Foreign Ministry called for action “decisively and humanely” in the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border.
In May, Lukashenko announced that Minsk would no longer deter refugees from moving on to the EU. After that, the flow of illegal migrants sharply increased, primarily to Lithuania and Poland. As a result of the conflict on the border between Poland and Belarus, several migrants have already died.
Brussels has accused Minsk of deliberately provoking a migration crisis in response to sanctions imposed by Europe on the Lukashenko regime.
In September, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the European Union was ready to counter a “hybrid attack” in which the Belarusian government used migrants. The EU is preparing a fifth package of sanctions against the Lukashenko regime for using migrants as a tool against the European Union.