Russia has assured consumers that it will fulfill its gas supply obligations regardless of the Belarusian authorities, Le Monde reports. As the newspaper reminds, earlier the head of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, threatened to respond to possible new sanctions from the EU by supplying gas through a pipeline passing through the territory of his country.
Tensions on the border between Poland and Belarus continue, Le Monde reports. As the newspaper recalls, over the past few weeks, Europeans have accused Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of fueling the migration crisis by issuing visas to migrants and organizing charter flights, in particular from Turkey, in retaliation for the sanctions imposed by the West in 2020. On Thursday 11, the Belarusian leader threatened to respond to possible restrictive measures in Europe for gas supplies via a pipeline passing through the territory of his country.
As the publication reports, this crisis is causing the growing vulnerability of the international community and became the topic of an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council. Following this meeting, several countries, including the United States, France and Britain, accused Minsk of wanting “Destabilize neighboring countries” and “To divert attention from our own growing human rights violations.” In addition, the World Health Organization “Not converted” Statement on Friday by the head of the European chapter of the organization.
Against the background of the fact that Europe is already experiencing surges in energy prices, Russia has assured that the supply of Russian gas to Europe will not be suspended, despite the threats to Belarus, reports Le Monde. Brussels, according to the publication, said that new sanctions are scheduled for early next week. Still Russia “It was, is and will be a country that fulfills all obligations for European gas consumers,” – said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
Earlier, during the second day in the last two days of a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed the opinion that it is necessary to restore contacts between the EU states and Belarus. At the same time, on Friday, the Russian and Belarusian military announced a joint airborne exercise in Belarus, not far from the Polish border, writes Le Monde.
Meanwhile, the Turkish General Aviation Administration reported that the citizens of Iraq, Syria and Yemen are now prohibited from “Buy tickets and fly to Belarus from Turkish airports.” In a message posted on the agency’s Twitter account, it is clarified that this measure was taken due to “Problems with illegal border crossing between Belarus and the EU” and will remain in force “Until further notice.” Belavia, a leading Belarusian airline, said it would comply with this restriction.
Germany called this step the first “Success” EU negotiations on the migration crisis at its borders, the European Commission welcomed the progress “In all directions”… As Le Monde recalls, Brussels has been trying to stop migrants to Belarus over the past few days, trying to convince the people of the Middle East to prohibit people from boarding flights to Minsk. Turkey was the first country to do this.