Two Russian nuclear bombs flew over Belarus today as the EU considered building a Trump-style wall in a breathtaking U-turn to end the migrant crisis.
The Kremlin made suggestions that it was involved in the dispute, but Vladimir Putin was even more supportive of tyrant Alexander Lukashenko when, on the second day in a row, he dispatched two Tu-160 jets of the “White Swan” type to “simulate To carry out bombings.
Lukashenko is accused of arming migration by flying in refugees from the Middle East and North Africa and forcing them across the border into Poland.
European Council President Charles Michel stunned Brussels on Wednesday when he said a Trump-style wall could support the defense.
It would be an exceptional U-turn for senior EU officials to berate former US President Donald Trump and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban for advocating similar policies.
Around 15,000 Polish soldiers were stationed along the border to prevent migrants from entering the EU.
A Russian Tu-160 supersonic strategic bomber over Belarus today
Two Russian nuclear bombs flew over Belarus on Thursday amid mounting tensions at the EU border over the migrant crisis
A photo by the Belarusian state shows migrants who camped on the border with Poland on Wednesday. Thousands flocked to the border after being granted visas to enter Belarus from the Middle East and North Africa
The Belarusian Defense Ministry said on Thursday: “Currently, two Tu-160 bombers with strategic supersonic missiles are practicing a number of combat training missions, including simulating bomb attacks on the Ruzhansky air base without using air forces.
The Belarusian Air Force provided the Tu-160 as an “escort” over the country.
Russia’s state airline Aeroflot is accused of having flown thousands of migrants to Belarus via Moscow.
Bloomberg reported Wednesday that the EU is speaking against Aeroflot as part of a new sanctions package, quoting a bloc official familiar with the plans.
Aeroflot shares lost 1.24 percent at 10:35 a.m. in London.
Aeroflot AFLT.MM denied any involvement in organizing mass transports of migrants to Belarus on Thursday.
“Information about impending sanctions can have a significant negative impact on the company’s operational and financial activities and capitalization,” the airline said.
“Aeroflot intends to protect the interests of the company and its shareholders through all possible legal channels, including the right to defend the interests of the company in court.”
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov questioned whether there really was such an idea to sanction Aeroflot and said he hoped it would in no case be implemented.
He told reporters on a conference call that Russia was concerned about mounting tensions on the Belarusian-Polish border, where there were heavily armed people on both sides.
European Council President Charles Michel said at a ceremony to mark the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 that Brussels could help build a border fence to prevent asylum seekers from entering the country.
Migrant children are up on Wednesday by the government in Minsk. published images around a campfire on the Belarusian border with Poland
A young migrant family stands next to a barbed wire fence on the Polish border
The EU could build a border wall on the bloc’s border with Belarus to keep migrants out. Pictured: Migrants are seen in a tent camp on the Belarusian-Polish border. According to the Polish border guards, several thousand migrants have been approaching the Polish border since November 8, 2021
“We opened the debate on EU funding for the physical border infrastructure,” he said today in front of a stunned audience in the German capital, which has been divided for almost three decades. ‘That has to be dealt with quickly.’
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, had only last month insisted that “barbed wire and walls will not be subsidized”.
Lukashenko, who is described as Europe’s last dictator, denies having orchestrated a “brutal, hybrid attack” on the EU, which Michel Michel called.
Warsaw estimates that 4,000 migrants are encamped on the Belarusian side of the border with Poland. Russian state media claimed many wanted to reach Britain. But Polish officials said most of those who have already crossed the border want to apply for asylum in Germany or the Netherlands.
The Polish Ministry of Defense has released a video allegedly showing a Belarusian soldier firing a shot in the air to intimidate migrants as others tried to cross the border at night.
It shows a lot of migrants screaming after the shot.
Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to “exercise his influence on the regime in Minsk”. Belarus is a former Soviet republic.
Pawel Jablonski, a Polish deputy foreign minister, told the Daily Mail that Putin and Lukashenko wanted to “destabilize the EU as a whole”. He accused Lukashenko of “seeking revenge” for EU sanctions imposed on 166 people linked to the Belarusian regime last year.
Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko (pictured) has been accused of using migration as a weapon by deliberately flying in potential refugees from the Middle East and North Africa and sending them across the border into Poland
The measures came after Lukashenko cracked down on his opponents following controversial elections in 2020.
The EU ambassadors agreed today to extend the sanctions against Belarus for “state terrorism” to a further 30 people and organizations. Your assets will be frozen and individuals will be added to a travel blacklist.
Russia took the rare step yesterday of dispatching two nuclear-capable strategic bombers to patrol Belarusian airspace in support of its ally.
The UN warned the EU against a “race to the bottom”. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said, “These challenges just don’t justify the knee-jerk reaction we have seen in some places – the irresponsible xenophobic discourse, the walls and barbed wire, the violent setbacks that include the beating.” of refugees and migrants. ‘