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Airlines Move To Limit Flow Of Migrants To Belarus Amid Looming Crisis (RFE RL)

Several airlines have announced they will limit access to flights between Turkey and Minsk to stem the flow of migrants from the Middle East who are headed to the EU-Belarus border, where thousands are stranded in near-freezing temperatures and aid groups are warning of a looming humanitarian catastrophe.

Belarus’s state-owned airline Belavia, Turkish Airlines, and Iraqi Airlines all said on November 12 that they would take measures to prevent migrants from trying to head toward Belarus and then onward to the European Union.

Airlines Move To Limit Flow Of Migrants To Belarus Amid Looming Crisis (rferl.org)

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Belarus Russia

Kremlin Lashes Out At West, Defends Troop Movements, As It Boosts Role In Belarus-EU Border Crisis (RFE RL)

The Kremlin has vowed to safeguard its borders in the face of actions by countries it accused of trying to “contain” Russia and sought to walk back a Belarusian threat of a cutoff of Russian natural gas to Western markets amid a Belarusian-EU border crisis.

The statements come amid increased Russian involvement in the intensifying standoff between Belarusian strongman Alyaksandr Lukashenka and the European Union, with surprise joint military drills by Russian and Belarusian paratroopers likely to further ratchet up tensions.

Kremlin Lashes Out At West, Defends Troop Movements, As It Boosts Role In Belarus-EU Border Crisis (rferl.org)

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Belarus Middle East Turkey

Belarusian airline stops flying Middle East citizens from Turkey (Al Jazeera)

Belarusian state-owned airline Belavia has said it will stop allowing citizens of Iraq, Syria and Yemen to board flights from Turkey to Belarus at the request of Turkish authorities.

“In line with a decision by the … Turkish authorities, citizens of Iraq, Syria, Yemen will not be accepted for transportation on flights from Turkey to Belarus from 12.11.2021,” Belavia said on Friday, in a statement on its website.

Belarusian airline stops flying Middle East citizens from Turkey | Migration News | Al Jazeera

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Belarus Poland

Belarus as Latest Front in Acute East-West Standoff (Pavel Felgenhauer, The Jamestown Foundation)

A new point of acute East-West tension has emerged on the Polish-Belarusian border. Minsk and the West have been at loggerheads since August 2020, when Belarus’s strongman, Alyaksandr Lukashenka (ruling since 1994) declared himself reelected for a sixth consecutive presidential term in office. Massive protests erupted in Belarus, which the regime eventually ruthlessly suppressed. Opposition activists were imprisoned or fled abroad. Most Western governments have refused to recognize Lukashenka as the legitimate leader and imposed punitive sanctions. Lukashenka replied by threatening to allow an unchecked flow of illegal migrants and narcotics into Europe (Interfax, May 26). Lukashenka has accused the West of plotting to overthrow him and waging a “hybrid war” against his regime. A massive flow of narcotics from Belarus into Europe has not yet materialized, but the migrant crisis has. In the summer of 2021, first a trickle of mostly Middle Eastern migrants began to arrive at the borders of Lithuania, Poland and Latvia. By November, that trickle has swelled into flood, with thousands of migrants, amassed in makeshift camps on the Polish-Belarusian border, attempting to break through a barbed-wire security fence and cross into European Union territory. Their ultimate goal is to enter Germany and seek refugee status. Over ten thousand Polish border guards, police and military personnel are holding the line on the other side. Clashes have been reported and teargas used as the situation has continued to escalate day after day (Kommersant, November 11).

Belarus as Latest Front in Acute East-West Standoff – Jamestown

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Belarus

Neighbours of Belarus say migrant crisis risks military clash (Andrius Sytas, Joanna Plucinska, Reuters)

Countries bordering Belarus on Thursday warned the migrant crisis on the European Union’s eastern borders could escalate into a military confrontation while Ukraine said it would deploy thousands more troops to reinforce its frontier.

Neighbours of Belarus say migrant crisis risks military clash | Reuters

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Belarus Poland

Migrants face hypothermia and broken bones in freezing forests as Poland-Belarus crisis deepens (Lauren Said-Moorhouse, Antonia Mortensen and Magda Chodownik, CNN)

Migrants trapped on the border between Poland and Belarus have made hundreds of attempts to breach the frontier, but were repelled by 15,000 Polish soldiers deployed to stop them, according to Polish authorities.

The thousands of stranded people are caught at the center of an intensifying geopolitical dispute in which the European Union, the United States and NATO have accused Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko of manufacturing a migrant crisis on the EU’s eastern frontier to destabilize the bloc as retribution for sanctions over human rights abuses. His government denies the claims, and instead blames the West for dangerous, sometimes fatal, border crossings and poor treatment of migrants.

Poland-Belarus: Migrants face hypothermia and broken bones in freezing forests as crisis deepens – CNN

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Belarus Russia

Belarus leader says he needs Russian nuclear-capable bombers to navigate border crisis (Reuters)

Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said on Thursday he needed Russian nuclear-capable bombers to help him navigate a migrant crisis at the Poland-Belarus border after two Russian Tu-160 planes rehearsed bombing runs in a training exercise.

Belarus leader says he needs Russian nuclear-capable bombers to navigate border crisis | Reuters

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Belarus USA

White House preparing ‘follow up’ sanctions on Belarus (Kevin Liptak, CNN)

The United States is preparing “follow up sanctions” designed to hold leaders in Belarus accountable for “ongoing attacks on democracy, human rights and international norms,” a spokesman for the White House’s National Security Council said on Wednesday.

White House preparing ‘follow up’ sanctions on Belarus – CNNPolitics

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Belarus Russia

Russia and Belarus Sign a Package of Union State Programs (Grigory Ioffe, The Jamestown Foundation)

On November 4, Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka signed a package of 28 Union State programs, formerly called “road maps,” for economic integration with Russia. “Clearly spelled out in the Union programs are the formation of joint sectoral markets, the implementation of a harmonized financial, tax, credit, pricing and trade policy, and the mechanisms for the development of a common economic space,” claims the official report (Belta, November 4).

Russia and Belarus Sign a Package of Union State Programs – Jamestown

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