/ 15 November 2021

Putin denies Russian role in Belarus migrant crisis

Image source: Getty
Image source: Getty

We haven’t talked about this one as it’s heated up in recent days, so let’s set it up. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is a human rights denier who cracked down on his own people last year when they protested against a dodgy election result. His regime also forced a passenger jet carrying an opposition journalist to land in Belarus, and he was detained. International sanctions were imposed, and Lukashenko has responded by refusing to stem illegal migration. Worse, Belarus flew migrants from countries like Iraq, Syria, and Yemen and pushed them to the borders with Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. And as winter closes in, it’s at a crisis point. Yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin (aka Lukashenko’s biggest supporter) blamed the West for the stand-off. Pundits say things will likely get worse for those on the border before a resolution is found. #SquizShortcut

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