Another article in the German “Süddeutsche Zeitung” of November 14, 2006, became a characteristic manifestation of the reluctant and powerless policy of a democratically and gender-concerned Europe.
The head of the German Bundestag, a representative of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, Bärbel Bas, demands immediate assistance to migrants on the Polish-Belarusian border.
A SPD politician told the media by the Funke media group: “People are being brought to the border with the EU using false promises. They are being abused. ” She warned: “We must not allow people and their fate to be used as levers of influence,” and Europe must quickly agree on how to help these people.
The Prime Minister of the Federal State of Germany, Saxony, and a representative of the CDU, Michael Kretschmer, spoke out against accepting migrants gathered in the border area to Germany or any other EU country. He told Bild am Sonntag that “if such a desire really existed, people could fly straight to Germany instead of looking for detours through Minsk.”
The politician states that there are clear rules of immigration. Instead, society is forced to watch pictures of people in need at the border and help Poland secure the EU’s external border. “Warsaw is doing the right thing, so we should not hit Poland in the back,” Kretschmer said.
From the point of view of the Green Party leader Annalena Baerbock, emergency humanitarian aid is currently the most urgent. She told the German newspaper that “humanitarian organizations should be admitted to the closed border area immediately. I ask the Polish government to make this possible and to accept offers of support from the EU, also given the need for joint border protection. ”
Temporary camps in frost
With a temperature of about zero, thousands of migrants have been persistently waiting on the Belarusian side of the border for several days in makeshift camps in the forest. The groups have repeatedly tried to break through barriers and illegally cross the EU’s external border with Poland.
One of the goals of Lukashenko, who has brought people from crisis regions to Belarus in an organized manner and is trying to transport them to the EU, is to manipulate public opinion in the European Union and force the West into dialogue. Probably, in this way the self-proclaimed leader of Belarus, among other things, is trying to take revenge for EU sanctions.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has initiated a direct dialogue between Germany and the authoritarian ruler of Belarus. In an interview broadcast on Russian television, Putin said that “he understood from the talks between Alexander Lukashenko and Chancellor Angela Merkel that they were ready to talk to each other.” In addition, Putin added that Russia has nothing to do with the crisis in the border region. According to him, Western security and intelligence services should take care of smuggling networks operating in Europe.
Due to the crisis with migrants, Merkel and Putin called each other several times, and it was German Chancellor Merkel who asked the Kremlin leader to intervene in the conflict. Regarding Putin’s proposal for a direct dialogue with Lukashenko, a spokesman for the German Federal Government said that “we will inform about telephone conversations carefully after they take place.”
The situation remains tense
The situation on the Polish-Belarusian border has remained tense over the weekend. Stanislaw Zaryn, a spokesman for Poland’s special services coordinator, wrote on Twitter that soldiers or officials appeared on the Belarusian side of the border, behaving as if they were carrying out special tasks, leading and instructing migrants, and removing propaganda material.
In another tweet, Zaryn wrote that Belarusians are helping migrants set up a tent camp. He also published photos of men in fire helmets setting up military tents. The Polish Ministry of Defense has announced an increase in the movement of special forces near the border town of Kuznica.
Poland imposes a state of emergency
At the same time, such information, the publication notes, cannot be verified from independent sources, as Poland has declared a state of emergency in the border area. Journalists and volunteers are not allowed to enter or stay in the border area. This also applies to the border area on the Belarusian side.
The ruler of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, is organizing humanitarian aid primarily for children in need. The state broadcaster of Belarus, Belta, reports that there is a need to set up tents for food. Later, messages and photos were received from Belta, which show electric generators that were allegedly delivered to the border area.
On Saturday evening, the Syrian airline Airline Cham Wings announced on Twitter that it was stopping flights to the Belarusian capital Minsk. At present, it is difficult to determine which of the passengers really wants and should get to Belarus, and those who intend to move from there. Following the announcement of threats to impose sanctions by the EU, Turkey has previously decided to ban some passengers from traveling to Belarus from its national territory.