Lukashenko warned the EU of a tough response to possible new sanctions

Belarus will give a tough response to possible new packages of European sanctions. This was stated by President of the Republic Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with the leadership of the Cabinet of Ministers on November 11, BelTA informs.

“Poland is threatening us with closing of the border. Please, close it: less fugitives will go there,” said the Belarusian leader.

According to him, Minsk may close the transit through Belarus, while it will be impossible to go through Ukraine, as the Russian border is closed there.

“There are no roads through the Baltics. If we close [the transit] for Poles and, for example, for Germans, what will happen then?” Lukashenko wondered.

He said that the Belarusian authorities would not stop defending the country’s sovereignty. Lukashenko reminded that the transnational main export pipeline Yamal-Europe passes through the republic and threatened to cut off the natural gas.

“Therefore, I would recommend the leadership of Poland, Lithuanians and other headless people to think before they speak. But that’s their business,” the Belarusian president added, asking the Belarusian Foreign Ministry to warn the Europeans about a possible response.

Earlier in the day Lukashenko instructed the Ministry of Defense, the KGB and the Border Guard to control the movement of NATO and Polish troops. According to him, 15 thousand Polish soldiers, as well as tanks, armored vehicles and aircraft are already concentrated on the border.

On the same day, Lukasz Jasina, spokesman for the Polish Foreign Ministry, noted that Warsaw did not intend to let illegal migrants from the Middle East into its territory.

On the eve, Poland has sent a warning to Belarus about the possible complete closure of the border if Minsk does not stop “hybrid warfare on the border.

November 10, Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki said that the EU should discuss the blockade of flights to Belarus from the Middle East. He added that Poland insisted on sanctions against airlines, including Belarusian ones, which Warsaw considered involved in the transportation of migrants.

The same day it was reported that the EU authorities were discussing the possibility of imposing sanctions against the airline Aeroflot as part of a new package of restrictive measures against Belarus. The measures may also affect the Turkish national air carrier Turkish Airlines.