In the wake of attempted sabotage against the railroad network, the Belarusian Parliament has voted to make “attempted acts of terrorism” punishable by death. Critics consider this a further crackdown on Belarusian opposition.
Exiled opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya took to Twitter upon hearing the outcome. She called it a “shame” and a “sham,” adding that “there can’t be any recognition of the ‘referendum’ and its outcomes.”
Russia has sensed opportunity, and will not let go easily now. The noose it has placed on Ukraine’s neck, which has been tightened as a result of Western actions, has now made it very difficult for that country to free itself.
Less than a month after Poland broke ground on the border wall, a collection of leftist and pro-migration NGOs have urged the European Commission to halt the project on account of the negative impact it may have on the environment.
Poland, Latvia, and Lithuania, as well as other countries like Greece, are the gatekeepers of Europe, protecting their neighbours from a destabilising foreign influx. Their governments continually face hard choices but are steadfast in their commitment. There can be no compromises with extortionists.
Archbishop Wojciech Polak said he ready to take the migrants into his diocese. “But the admission itself is not enough. We need a far-reaching, wide-ranging system of assistance that would enable them to find each other, integrate, and function in a new place.”
If passed, it is feared current President Alexander Lukashenko, long accused of being of the authoritarian persuasion, would be able to consolidate and extend his power, only leaving office in 2035 after reigning 41 years.
EU leaders discussed their response to a pandemic situation that’s quickly evolving. “Urgent administration of booster shots” and “overcoming vaccine hesitancy,” which also entails “addressing disinformation,” remained primary goals, though it was agreed to “take forward the implementation of COVID-19 therapeutics via joint procurement.”
“The Polish-Belarusian border separates two worlds—dictatorship from democracy, and a normal state which cares for its citizens from a regime which uses the citizens of other countries as human shields,” said PM Morawiecki.
Should the Kremlin act as the aggressor, sanctions would be imposed, Jens Stoltenberg said. These would likely be limited to economic sanctions and additional defensive deployments to NATO’s eastern flank.
The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, said on Thursday that under no circumstances will the bloc negotiate with the Lukashenko regime over the future of migrants stranded along the Polish-Belarusian border.
French author, polemicist, and potential presidential candidate Éric Zemmour recently weighed in on the events unfolding at the Polish-Belarusian border, applauding Poland for its strength and determination amid an onslaught of migrant attacks.
The incident, which according to police saw mainly nationals from Iraq and Syria captured and returned to the border area, took place on Sunday, a day after Poland accused the Belarusian regime of destroying its border barriers, arming migrants with tear gas, and blinding its security personnel with laser beams and strobe lights.
A former minister in Aleksander Lukashenko’s regime who’s now living in exile in Poland has claimed that the Belarusian government has trained and armed Afghan and Iraqis with combat experience to conduct armed attacks against Poland.
EU deploys border force in Lithuania as Belarus allows migrants to cross into the Baltic country. The EU’s border protection agency on Monday said it was mobilizing a rapid intervention force to Lithuania, where the government has accused neighboring Belarus of allowing hundreds of migrants to cross illegally into the country, Politicio.eu reports. “It seems […]