Germany has blamed Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko for plotting to trigger another European migrant crisis amid an ongoing border row with Poland. Belarus has been accused of shipping refugees to the country’s western border with Poland where a stand-off has erupted between Warsaw and Minsk. The head of the German Federal Police has warned that all the warning signs point to a 2015 style migration crisis.
The France 24 correspondent said: “Germany is accusing the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko of organising another migrant crisis.
“The head of the Federal Police Union says all the signs are there.”
The President of Germany’s Federal Police Union, Heiko Teggatz told France 24: “The numbers who are seeing now are almost identical to those we had at the Austrian border in 2013 when the migration crisis started.
“That all led to 2015 when things got out of control and chaotic, so we have to act now.”
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has been blamed for the surge in undocumented migrants and refugees attempting to cross into Poland.
Polish border guards have halted large groups on the border and prevented migrants from crossing amid a stand-off between Warsaw and Minsk.
Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Pryzdacz has lashed out at Belarus amid a growing migrant crisis at the EU border in Eastern Europe
Mr Pryzdacz told DW News last week: “It is an artificial crisis orchestrated by the Belarusan regime.
“I mean the chartered flights have been sent by the Belarusian regime all around the Middle East countries so the migrants, not only asylum seekers are encouraged somehow to go to Belarus.
“They are being used as an instrument to destabilize eastern European borders.
“Let me just say that those people who really need asylum can apply for that at the embassy of Poland in Iraq or other countries.”
It came as Poland imposed a state of emergency on the Belarusian border amid a surge in migrants from countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq trying to cross, in what Brussels and Warsaw say is a form of hybrid warfare designed to put pressure on the bloc over sanctions it imposed on Minsk.
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Earlier this month, a foreign ministry spokesman said, after border guards accused the Belarusian side of shooting at Polish soldiers patrolling the frontier.
“A Belarusian patrol fired shots at Polish Army soldiers who are patrolling the border with us,” the state-run PAP news agency quoted Border Guard spokeswoman Anna Michalska as saying.
“It was probably using blank ammunition. Nothing happened to anyone.”
In August, Poland began building a barbed-wire fence along its border with Belarus to curb illegal border crossings despite criticism that some migrants were being treated inhumanely.