Those wishing to impose sanctions against Belarus are not thinking about the transit of goods and gas through the country, said President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko at a meeting with the leadership of the Council of Ministers on November 11, the press service of the Belarusian President wrote on its official website.
According to Lukashenko, Belarusians have been threatened with sanctions. He emphasized that six months ago it was decided to respond to the sanctions, defending its sovereignty.
“Poland is threatening us that it will close the border. Please, close it: fewer fugitives will move there. That’s not the question. I just listened to these scumbags, who are headless in general. What if we close the transit through Belarus?” the President said. He stressed that Poland and Germany would not be able to deliver their cargo to Russia via Ukraine and the Baltic States.
Lukashenko also recalled that the Yamal-Europe transnational gas pipeline runs through Belarus. “We are ensuring heating in Europe, they are threatening us that they will close the border. And if we cut off supplies of natural gas there? That’s why I would recommend the leadership of Poland, Lithuanians and other headless people to think before they speak,” the Belarusian leader said.
“Foreign Ministry should warn everyone in Europe: if only they impose additional sanctions, ‘inadmissible’ and ‘unacceptable’ for us, we must respond. How to answer, we agreed with you six months ago,” Lukashenko added, addressing the leadership of the Council of Ministers.
Earlier, Lukashenko said that Minsk would no longer hold back the flow of illegal migrants to the European Union, as Belarus had no means and forces to do so because of the sanctions. The Baltic States began to report an increase in the number of detained illegal migrants on the border with Belarus. The European Union accused Minsk of purposefully creating a migration crisis and threatened it with additional sanctions.
On November 8, a group of refugees consisting of 2000 people, mostly Kurds, approached the Polish border from Belarus and tried to go through the barbed wire. Polish border guards prevented the illegal crossing and the refugees set up camp in front of the border. The migrants stated that they had entered Belarus on tourist visas and that their ultimate goal was Europe. Poland imposed a state of emergency on territories bordering Belarus.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency