(16 Nov 2021) Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday that the behaviour of the Polish side on the Belarus-Poland border was “unacceptable” amid the ongoing migrant crisis in the region.
Speaking at a joint news conference with the African Union Commission head Moussa Faki Mahamat in Moscow, Lavrov accused Poland of using “tear gas, water cannon, shots ahead of migrants’ heads toward Belarus” which he said was “meant to hide its actions”.
“And they can’t but understand that they are breaching all possible norms of international humanitarian law and other world community agreements. Of course, they do understand all that,” Lavrov added.
Polish border forces say they were attacked with stones by migrants at the border with Belarus and responded by deploying water cannon.
The Border Guard agency posted video on Twitter showing a cannon being directed across the border at a group of migrants in a makeshift camp.
Poland’s Defence Ministry said its soldiers and other border forces were attacked with stones and other objects. The ministry also said that Belarusian forces tried to destroy fencing along the countries’ common border.
Also during the news conference the Russian Foreign Minister said that Moscow considers recent U.S. allegations that Russia creates risks in space are hypocritical.
“There are no facts. I will give other facts, for example, United States call for elaborating universal norms, as they say, for the development of outer space. But for some reason, they ignore for many years the Russian-Chinese initiative on the preparation of the agreement on the prevention of arms race in outer space. They just ignore it,” Lavrov told reporters.
U.S. officials on Monday accused Russia of destroying an old satellite with a missile in what they called a reckless and irresponsible strike. The debris could do major damage to the space station as it is orbiting at 17,500 mph (28,000 kph).
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