The growing migration crisis in European countries has extended to the supply of natural resources. Belarus has warned that it will cut off gas supplies if the European Union imposes sanctions on it over its refugee status.
Nearly 2,000 refugees from Iraq, Syria and Yemen are stranded on the Belarusian-Polish border. It is snowing in the area. European countries, members of the UN Security Council, have criticized Belarus for not granting asylum to refugees.
Other countries have argued that Belarus has deliberately dumped immigrants on neighboring borders to destabilize the EU’s borders and divert the world’s attention from allegations of human rights abuses. Officials have claimed that Belarus has disrupted Union security by escalating the refugee crisis.
The European Union (EU) is preparing to impose sanctions on Belarus. International media have reported that new sanctions against Belarus could be imposed by next Monday. The union has made plans to prevent the migrant plane from landing at the airport in Minsk, the capital of Belarus.
However, Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko has vowed to retaliate if sanctions are imposed on his country. He warned the union not to make unnecessary threats as homes in Europe are lit by Belarus. Lukashenko’s statement was aimed at a Russian pipeline that would carry gas to Europe via Belarus. Russia has expanded two gas pipelines to Europe via Belarus.
“What if we cut off the supply of natural gas to the pipeline?” So Poland, Lithuania and other empty-handed countries should think twice before speaking.
Russia has denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning Russia’s intelligence have been made more than once. Ambassador to Russia Dmitry Poly at the Security Council meeting