The asylum crisis is escalating. Turkey bans 3 Arab nationalities from traveling to Belarus and military exercises near Polish borders | News from politics

Turkey today banned citizens of Syria, Iraq and Yemen from flying to Belarus following the crisis over the influx of thousands of migrants to the Belarus-Poland border, while Belarus and Russia are conducting military exercises near the Polish border, amid political tensions between B and Belarus. European Union.

Turkish Civil Aviation Authority says Syrians, Yemenis and Iraqis will no longer be allowed to buy airline tickets from Turkey to Minsk, nor will they be allowed to board planes in light of an escalating immigration crisis between Belarus and its neighbor , Poland. supported by the European Union.

The EU accuses Belarus of provoking a cross-border immigration crisis by encouraging asylum seekers to cross the border illegally, which Minsk has denied, saying it could only help resolve the crisis if the EU lifts sanctions on Belarus.

European welcome

Margaritis Schinas, vice-president of the European Commission, hailed the Turkish movement and Schinas – who is visiting Beirut as part of a tour of the region pushing it to stop the flow of migrants to Minsk – said flights from Turkey to Belarus should be made. was reduced to zero from 17 after the decision of the Turkish authorities.

European Council President Charles Michel thanked Turkey for its latest decision, and the union is in talks with international airlines – including Turkish Airlines – to urge them to suspend one-way ticket sales to the Belarusian capital, Minsk.

The Belarusian airline BelAvia decided to stop transporting citizens of Iraq, Syria and Yemen with its planes coming from Turkey to Belarus.

The Vice President of the European Commission added – after his meeting today with Lebanese President Michel Aoun in Beirut – that efforts to stop the influx of migrants accumulated on the border between Belarus and the European Union are bearing fruit and Poland is a member of the European Union, and therefore because its eastern border with Belarus is part of the borders of the European bloc.

The European official added that he will travel to Baghdad on Monday, after which he will travel to Ankara at the end of next week, and Lebanon is one of the places from where migrants go to Belarus to communicate with smugglers.

Penalties and reinforcements

Schinas added that the European Union is preparing to impose a fifth package of sanctions on Belarus, and that the European Commission has threatened to take action against other countries or airlines contributing to the crisis by transporting migrants to Belarus.

Poland has deployed 15,000 soldiers along the border, erected a barbed wire fence and agreed to build a wall on the border with Belarus, and the Polish news agency reported that there are about 4,000 asylum seekers on the border between Poland and Belarus. and many of them attempted to cross the border between the two countries last Monday.

German authorities set up checkpoints along its border with Poland, awaiting the influx of refugees, and Berlin deployed an additional force of about 800 border guards, as authorities there recorded the arrival of about two thousand refugees in recent weeks.

German police said today that more than 100 irregular migrants arrive in Germany every day from Belarus via Poland.

Today, German police said that more than 100 illegal immigrants arrive in Germany every day from Belarus via Poland, adding that since the beginning of this month, about 1,488 cases of illegal entry from Belarus have been registered along the border with its neighbor western.

Ukraine (not a member of the European Union) said it was deploying additional 8,500 soldiers and police officers on the region’s long northern border with Belarus.

Cases of asylum seekers infiltrating between Poland and Belarus have increased since last summer, and most of the migrants come from Iraq and a large number of them come from Syria and Afghanistan.

The Russian Information Agency reported today – quoting the Belarusian border guards – that a group of 100 migrants is heading towards a temporary camp on the border with Poland.

Today, the World Health Organization expressed “its grave concern” over the health situation of thousands of migrants stranded in Belarus, and WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge called on “all countries” to “protect the right of refugees and migrants to access medical assistance. “

According to a technical mission sent by the Health Organization on the border between Belarus and Lithuania, 60% of migrants seek “one form or another” of medical care.

A side of a camp for asylum seekers in the territory of Belarus near the border with Poland (Getty Images)

military training

Belarus and Russia said today they were conducting joint military exercises near Belarus’s western border with Poland, a region experiencing a migration crisis.

Belarus’s defense ministry says a joint battalion of paratroopers from both countries is conducting exercises in Gosky (west of the country) due to “deteriorating military activity” near the border.

He added that Russian L-76 planes and Belarusian military helicopters are taking part in the exercise.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement that it had sent paratroopers to Belarus to take part in maneuvers as part of a “contingency check”, adding that paratroopers would make an operational landing in the Gusky region. . .

The Kremlin said on Friday that Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko had not consulted with Russia before raising the possibility of cutting off Russian natural gas to Europe, which passes through Belarus. Yesterday, Lukashenko threatened to respond to any new sanctions imposed by the European Union on his country over the migrant crisis, and said the response could include preventing the passage of Russian gas and goods through his country to the Union. European.

The Kremlin spokesman stressed that his country is a reliable exporter of natural gas and fulfills its obligations, and Russia is one of the leading exporters of gas in Europe, especially in Germany.

US Vice President Kamala Harris said today that her country is very concerned about the situation on the Belarus-Poland border and said that the regime of President Belarus Lukashenko is carrying out a divisive activity and the US official added that she has discussed these developments with the French. President Emmanuel Macron; Today, Harris is attending an international conference on Libya, hosted by Paris.

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