The European Union is considering suspending some of the rights of asylum seekers in the countries bordering Belrus during the ongoing European migrant crisis.
According to proposals by the EU Commission, the executive branch of the EU under President Ursula von der Leyen, countries should keep asylum seekers in border camps for up to four months and enable faster deportations.
The proposals are the EU’s latest attempt to deal with what it calls the Minsk crisis.
The European Union is considering suspending some of the rights of asylum seekers in the countries bordering Belrus during the ongoing European migrant crisis. In the picture: migrants stand in line to receive a warm meal in a logistics center at the checkpoint logistics center “Bruzgi” on the Belarusian-Polish border near Grodno, Tuesday, November 30, 2021
The EU accuses Belarus of flying in migrants from the Middle East and forcing them through the forests into Poland, Lithuania and Latvia.
Belarus calls the allegations absurd. Human rights groups say at least 13 people died when thousands of migrants camped in freezing conditions.
The three EU states bordering Belarus have defended their approach of pushing back migrants without examining their cases individually or giving them a realistic chance of asylum.
Human rights groups say the practice violates EU rules and international humanitarian law.
According to the Commission’s proposal, migrants will only be allowed to apply for asylum at designated locations such as border crossings.
National authorities would have a longer period of up to four weeks to register asylum applications.
Asylum seekers could be held at the border for up to 16 weeks and lose their permanent right to accommodation in more suitable centers in the country.
The proposals are another example of the EU tightening immigration rules, over 1 million people arriving since 2015, overwhelming the bloc and dividing member states over how to respond.
According to the proposals of the EU Commission, countries should detain asylum seekers for up to four months in border camps and enable them to be deported more quickly. Pictured: Migrants warm themselves near a fire at the “Kuznitsa” checkpoint on the Belarusian-Polish border near Grodno, Belarus, on November 16, 2021
Migrants gather on Sunday, Nov.
Poland’s nationalist government has since been a leading voice against immigration and often clashes with the EU on other human rights issues.
Tensions at the border have eased in the last few weeks since the outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel telephoned the Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and his most powerful ally Moscow and brought Minsk migrants back from the border.
Lukashenko was quoted on Wednesday as saying he was ready to stop Russian energy flows across Belarusian territory if Poland closes the border. The Kremlin said it hoped it wouldn’t.
Poland let the state of emergency at the border expire overnight, but the Interior Minister used the new powers granted to him by parliament to extend a ban on media and human rights activists at the border for a further three months.
In Vilnius, the government debated the extension of the state of emergency on Wednesday. According to the Interior Ministry, there are still 10,000 migrants in Belarus.
The news of the proposals comes after Lukashenko announced that he would urge Vladimir Putin to arm his country with nuclear weapons if NATO sends similar weapons to Poland.
The strong man’s dictator told the Kremlin-backed RIA news agency: “We are ready for” [nuclear weapons] on the territory of Belarus. ‘
In the picture: The Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko visits migrants who are waiting on November 26, 2021 in the restricted area on the Belarusian-Polish border in Grodno, Belarus, assigned by the Belarusian government. Tensions on the border have eased in recent weeks after Belarus withdrew migrants from its borders with Poland and other EU countries
Putin yesterday warned the West and Ukraine not to cross its “red lines” as NATO leaders met in Latvia amid mounting tensions in the Baltic and Black Sea regions.
Putin has dispatched around 94,000 soldiers to the Ukrainian border and the White House has warned Europe to prepare for an invasion that would dwarf the annexation of Crimea in 2014.
But the Russian President said the Kremlin was just as concerned about NATO building military equipment near its borders as the West was about reinforcements gathering on the other side of the border.
Speaking to attendees at an online investment forum, the Russian President said the eastward expansion of NATO had threatened Moscow’s key security interests.
A map shared with the Military Times earlier this month and replicated above shows how Ukrainian intelligence is preparing for a bloody and gruesome invasion that could see parts of Ukraine captured in an attack that would annex Crimea in 2014 would dwarf
He expressed concern that NATO might eventually use Ukrainian territory to deploy missiles that could reach Russia’s command centers in just five minutes.
“The emergence of such threats represents a ‘red line’ for us,” said Putin. “I hope that common sense and responsibility for their own countries and the world community will prevail at some point.”
Moscow had been forced to face the growing threats posed by the development of new hypersonic weapons.
‘What should we do?’ said Putin. “We’d have to develop something similar to target those who threaten us. And we can still do that now. ‘