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Refugee Crisis in Belarus is A Card for Settling Scores between Countries of the Region

The tragedy of thousands of migrants stranded at the border between Belarus and Poland foreshadows a serious crisis in the relations between the concerned countries in the European Union and NATO on the one hand, and both Belarus and Russia on the other.

Thousands of refugees are suffering under difficult humanitarian conditions in a very cold region, hoping that their troubles will end by crossing the border into Poland.

It is feared that matters may be led to a military clash between Belarus and Poland, especially since the media campaigns and official exchanges are at their height, with Russia and the European Union at the back.

As thousands of desperate migrants gather in the bitter cold on the border between Belarus and Poland, most of whom are Iraqis, especially Kurds, Warsaw accuses Moscow and Minsk of using them as a card to destabilize the European Union.

Iraqi writer and researcher Jamal Ares says, “Thousands of stranded refugees, the majority of whom are Iraqis, have unfortunately turned once again into a card of blackmail and settling scores between Belarus and the countries of the European Union, especially neighboring Lithuania and Poland. He added: “Who pays the price of this chaos? The poor Iraqi citizens whose home countries are thousands of kilometers away, and they are suffering harsh and inhumane conditions.”

Polish Prime Minister Matusz Morawiecki has explicitly accused the Russian president of being behind the migrant crisis. The Kremlin rejected the Polish prime minister’s accusations, and Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “We consider his statements that Russia is responsible for this situation completely irresponsible and unacceptable.

In successive developments over the interaction of this humanitarian issue, German Chancellor Angela Merkel asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to “move” against “the exploitation of migrants by the Belarusian regime,” said her spokesman, Steffen Seibert, and in a phone call, the outgoing chancellor said that ” Exploiting migrants as a tool “on the border between Poland and Belarus is unacceptable”, as stated in a tweet by Merkel’s spokesperson.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas had earlier announced his support for the European Union’s imposition of new sanctions against Belarus, accusing President Alexander Lukashenko of exploiting migrants by sending them to the Polish border.

The United Nations described the migrant crisis between Poland and Belarus as “unbearable”. The migrants had become a pressure card and that the situation could lead to a regional war between the countries of the region.

We call on the states’ parties to the refugee crisis should not to be used as a card to achieve special interests, and to either allow them to leave or provide a decent life for them. We also call on the European Union to take a positive position on the crisis and pressure Poland not to close its borders for refugees.

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