Von der Leyen: Towards those who instrumentalize people’s hopes and lives

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H European Union will continue to stand up to those who “instrumentalize the hopes and lives of the people”, the President of the Commission underlined Ursula von der Leyen speaking at the EU Conference of Ambassadors on how to act Lukashenko regime.

“The rise of extremism and authoritarianism can be a security issue for countries. We saw it ourselves with the hybrid attack on our borders by the Lukashenko regime in Minsk. “The instrumentalization of immigrants was cynically orchestrated by a regime, in order to distract attention from the repression of its people,” said von der Leyen.

He added, according to the APE, that “through targeted misinformation on social media, they made false promises and literally lured people to the EU-Belarus border, putting their lives in danger. In response, we adopted immediately sanctions in coordination with the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom “.

“We have worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Organization for Migration and others to respond to humanitarian needs of migrants trapped by the Lukashenko regime and help them return to their homes. “We have worked closely with our Member States to manage the EU’s external borders.”

The President of the Commission also noted that the EU has prepared the black list of air carriers, from airlines to travel agencies: “Soon, several airlines and civil aviation authorities have stopped unwarranted travel to Belarus. And we approached the countries of transit and origin. 75% of the migrants trapped at the border are Iraqis. Iraq has begun repatriating nationals trapped in Belarus. “And we welcome this very good cooperation with Iraq.”

Ursula von der Leyen stressed that “cooperation with partners is effective and sends a clear message: We stand by her side Lithuania, της Latvia and her Poland and we will continue to stand up to those who instrumentalize people’s hopes and lives. “

On the tension on the Russian-Ukrainian border

Regarding the massive accumulation of Russian military forces on the border with Ukraine, the President of the Commission expressed “the full and unwavering EU support for Ukraine in view of this aggression against its territorial integrity and sovereignty (…) “.

“We must protect our societies and democracies from this kind of cynical game of geopolitical power,” said Ursula von der Leyen. will answer appropriate to any further attacks, including violations of international law, or of any other malicious acts committed against us or our neighbors, including Ukraine. “

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