Presidents Putin and Macron agreed on need of migrant crisis deeascalation

by APA

French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on the need for a de-escalation of the migrant crisis at the Belarus border, even if the two leaders disagreed on the origins of the crisis, a French official said on Monday, APA reports quoting Reuters.

The Western bloc is seeking to stop what it says is a policy by Belarus to push migrants towards the European Union in revenge for earlier sanctions over a crackdown on protests last year against veteran leader Alexander Lukashenko’s re-election.

Migrants – mostly from Iraq and Afghanistan – began appearing on Belarus’ land borders with the EU this year, trying to cross into member states Lithuania, Latvia and Poland via routes not used before.

“The goal of this call was to put an end to this crisis,” an adviser to Macron told reporters after the 1 hour and 45 minute call Macron initiated.

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