Russian President Vladimir Putin had a phone call, on Wednesday, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel over the ongoing migrant standoff between Poland and Belarus.
In the phone conversation, they called Belarusian’s regime “instrumentalization of migrants” as inhumane and acceptable. Merkel asked Putin to act on the matter, according to her spokesman, Steffen Seibert.
Moreover, the Russian president suggested discussing the issues through “direct contact between EU member states and Minsk,” the Kremlin said in a statement. The two leaders agreed to continue talking about the topic.
Kanzlerin #Merkel hat heute mit Präsident Putin zur Lage an der belarussisch-polnischen Grenze telefoniert. Sie unterstrich, dass die Instrumentalisierung von Migranten durch das belarussische Regime unmenschlich und inakzeptabel sei und bat Präs. Putin, auf dieses einzuwirken.
— Steffen Seibert (@RegSprecher) November 10, 2021
The call comes as the latest standoff between Poland and Belarus enters its third day, with large groups of migrants stuck on the border in dropping temperatures.
EU officials described the current situation as a coordinated “hybrid attack” on the bloc organized by Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko and his regime in retaliation against sanctions.
In the same vein, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has accused Putin of being the real “mastermind” behind the crisis.
On their part, Russia and Belarus have denied any wrongdoing. Nevertheless, they claim Poland and the EU are causing the crisis by refusing the help potential asylum seekers.