During a telephone conversation with the interim German chancellor Angela Merkel, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko allegedly presented an ultimatum to the collective West in exchange for ending the migration crisis. Its terms were disclosed by Estonian Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets.
According to the ERR.ee portal with reference to the minister, Lukashenko allegedly demanded to be recognized as the legitimate head of Belarus, as well as the lifting of all Western sanctions on the republic.
After the presidential elections in Belarus in August last year, the US and the EU, we recall, refused to recognize their results.
At the same time, the head of the department called on the EU authorities not to follow Lukashenka’s lead and introduce a new package of sanctions against Minsk as soon as possible.
The telephone conversation between Merkel and Lukashenko took place on November 15 at the initiative of Berlin. At the same time, the topic of the talks was the migration crisis, which continues on the Belarusian-Polish border. At the same time, Lukashenka said that he “made a proposal to resolve the situation.”
The migration crisis on the border of Belarus and Poland continues for a week and a half. Several thousand people from the Middle East have accumulated here, which are trying to get into the European Union. Migrants have repeatedly attempted to force their way into Poland.
Polish border guards respond with tear gas and water cannons. Also, the authorities of the country and neighboring Lithuania have introduced a state of emergency in the regions bordering with Belarus.
The European Union threatened Minsk with new tough sanctions, Lukashenka, in response, promised to cut off Russian gas supplies to Europe.