In a conversation with his Polish counterpart, the head of the Department of State stressed that Lukashenka’s actions are designed to distract attention from Russia’s actions near the borders with Ukraine.
U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke by phone with Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau on Saturday, reiterating that Washington supports Warsaw in the situation of the border crisis, during which there is a cynical use of migrants.
This was announced on Sunday by Department of State spokesman Ned Price.
“The actions of the Lukashenka regime threaten security, sow division and are aimed at diverting attention from Russia’s actions on the border with Ukraine,” Price said.
Blinken and Rau strongly condemned the use of vulnerable migrants as a tool and called on Lukashenka to eliminate the root causes of sanctions by the West – violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms of the Belarusian people, the representative of the Department of State said.
The Secretary of State expressed deep gratitude to Poland for its support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, the press secretary of the Foreign Ministry said.
“The United States, Poland, and other allies and partners are united in their desire to ensure that Moscow’s military aggression and its malicious actions in the region result in significant costs for it,” Price said.
Meanwhile, the British newspaper Express reported that, according to the U.S. and the UK, Russia may be planning an invasion of Ukraine.
A source in the British defense ministry told the newspaper: “The concern is caused by the fact that we do not know what will happen. This is an unprecedented situation.”
The UK is ready to intervene to help Ukraine in the event of an escalation of the conflict, writes Express. According to the publication, 600 British soldiers of the Special Air Service (SAS) and the Parachute Regiment were warned that they could be sent to this country within a few hours.