Belarus Watch Briefing. Issue #17

The European Values Center for Security Policy (Prague) and Internews Ukraine (Kyiv) prepared the seventeenth issue of the monitoring of Russian activities and influence in Belarus.

Recent policy developments

Maria Zakharova comments on the migrant situation on the Belarus-EU border.

On December 9, 2021, Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman of the Russian Ministry of International Affairs, commented on the ECHR decision on the migrant crisis on the Poland-Belarus border, published on December 6 on the European Court of Human Rights website. The Court concluded that there had been a violation of the human rights norm from Poland and had forbidden to deport back to Belarus those migrants who had entered the territory of Poland. Based on this decision, Maria Zakharova has blamed Poland for the humanitarian crisis and double standards.

At the same time, for over a month the media has widely discussed evidence that shows that the Belarusian regime, with the support of Russia, has intentionally incited the crisis on the Belarus-EU border in retaliation to the sanctions and to advance political objectives.

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