‘B******s!’ Furious Belarus leader explodes at EU amid migrant row – ‘Won’t protect you!’

Belarus: Migrants mass at Kuznica-Bruzgi border with Poland

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Speaking on state television, long-standing Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko told the EU: “You b******s, you madmen, you want me to protect you from migrants?” In an interview with a Russian magazine, Mr Lukashenko warned against “provocations” at the border, adding: “If we make the slightest mistake here, God forbid, Russia will immediately be drawn into it, the largest nuclear power in the world.”

His latest outburst comes as the eastern European leader has been accused of allowing migrants to openly cross the border into EU countries Poland, Latvia and Lithuania.

Earlier this week, NATO accused the country of trying to use illegal immigration as a tool to destabilise the EU.

And last night (Tuesday), Lithuania declared a state of emergency along the border with Belarus after hundreds of migrants flocked to the area.

The emergency measures allow border guards to use “mental coercion” and “proportional physical violence” to prevent migrants from entering Lithuania.

The news came hours after gunfire broke out at the border.

Since October last year, the EU has imposed restrictive measures against Belarus.

It did so because it failed to recognise the outcome of the 2020 presidential elections in Belarus, which included intimidation and violent repression of peaceful protests against the leader.

The EU believes the elections – which saw Mr Lukashenko restored to power for the sixth time – were “neither free nor fair.”

Mr Lukashenko reacted angrily to the sanctions, and the migrant situation is seen as a retaliation for the censure.

The European dictator previously threatened to open borders for drugs and migrants earlier this year.

Speaking in July, he said: “We will not hold anyone back. We are not their final destination after all.

“They are headed to enlightened, warm, cozy, Europe.”

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Authorities in Poland say that there have been 28,500 attempted border crossings since August and that the border region was now under an “organised attack”.

According to German newspaper Bild, in the past few months Mr Lukashenko has had more refugees flown into Belarus – including from Turkey – so that he can send them across the border into Poland.

A NATO official described Mr Lukashenko’s tactics as “unacceptable”, adding that the alliance “stands ready to further assist our allies, and maintain safety and security in the region.”

They added: “We have seen a surge of migrants trying to enter Allied territory via Belarus.

“NATO continues to closely monitor the situation, which is putting pressure on our Allies Lithuania, Latvia and Poland.”

The United Kingdom has already introduced a “significant new package of sanctions on Belarus” back in August.

Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki described the situation between his country and Belarus as “a new type of war in which people are used as human shields”.

He attributed blame for the crisis to Russian president Vladimir Putin, who he believed was “masterminding” it.

On Wednesday night, Germany’s foreign minister Heiko Maas stood firm with EU allies, saying the bloc was “not open to blackmail”.

He said: “We will sanction all those who take part in the targeted smuggling of migrants.”

Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg

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