The Kremlin announced today that Russia is ready to mediate in the migration crisis that has erupted between Belarus and the EU, stressing that Moscow is already doing so to some extent.
The EU accuses Belarus of launching a “hybrid attack” on it by airlifting thousands of migrants, mostly from the Middle East, and pushing them to the border with Poland to enter European territory.
The Kremlin has denied that Russia is involved in the crisis, and Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to help resolve it Sunday.
Asked today how Moscow could help resolve the crisis, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peshkov said “exclusively as a mediator, which in part it is already doing.”
“President Putin has expressed the hope that there will be direct contacts,” he added.
At the same time, Peshkov stressed that it is “wrong” to place all responsibility for the crisis on the border between the EU and Belarus on Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko.
“Bearing all the blame on Lukashenko on the Belarusian side is completely wrong,” he said, criticizing the EU for “ignoring the European values of humanity” as thousands of migrants were stranded on its borders in makeshift shelters.
In fact, the Kremlin rejected the statement of the State Department that Belarus’s actions are aimed at diverting attention from Russian military operations near the border with Ukraine.
Kiev has said nearly 100,000 Russian troops are near its border, and the United States has issued warnings against possible Russian aggression.
Source From: Capital