Belarus, Russia’s edge against EU: they don’t care what happens to the migrants

Putin and Lukashenko would not hesitate to escalate the humanitarian crisis at the Polish border

16 November 2021 - 18:27 By Andreas Kluth

Is there any way the stand-off at the border between the EU and Belarus can still end well? Put differently, how bad could it get? Unfortunately, the answer is: really bad. The scenarios include the death of the migrants, and even a wider war.

A recap: the crisis was manufactured by a cynical dictator, Alexander Lukashenko, the president of Belarus. Last year he rigged an election, then cracked down brutally on his domestic opposition. So the EU, which already had sanctions against his regime, added more. In retaliation, if that is the word, Lukashenko decided to use innocent human beings from other countries as hostages to blackmail the EU...

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