French Secretary of State for European Affairs has rejected criticism of Russia over the migrant situation on the EU-Belarus border, arguing that it could actually be “part of the solution” due to its connection with Belarus.
The Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, condemned the Belarusian government for launching a “migratory attack” that was designed to “destabilize the EU” but at the same time rejected claims that Russia was involved in the flood of refugees seeking asylum within the bloc.
“It is obvious that if Russia is not part of the problem, it is at least part of the solution since Belarus’ dependence on Moscow is increasingly strong,” Beaune stated.
As specified, the French minister’s defence of Russia comes after Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, accused Russian President, Vladimir Putin, of standing behind the situation on the Belarusian border.
In turn, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, said that “the main responsibility for resolving the migrant crisis lies with those who made it possible for the crisis to start.”