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Lukashenko smuggles refugees to the European Union: an “act of hybrid aggression” – Politics Abroad

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He uses people as weapons for his power politics. Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko (66) flees the masses to Europe to take revenge on the European Union.

Since June this year, thousands of refugees have been illegally brought into the European Union across the Lithuanian border. Perhaps the reason is the EU sanctions after the Belarusian authorities hijacked a Ryanair plane at the end of May.

As of August 2, there were 3,832 migrants picked up by Lithuanian border guards in the middle of the jungle and housed in hastily set up refugee camps along the border with Belarus. 2,555 of them are Iraqis, indicating the astonishing technique used by the torture dictator.

Because of all places, there have been flights to Belarus since May 2021, which were previously suspended due to the Corona crisis and lack of demand. The BILD chronology shows how regular scheduled flights became smugglers’ flights.

in April “Iraqi Airways” announced, as before the crisis, to connect the two capitals of the two countries with a weekly flight and a medium-sized Boeing 737 aircraft.

Anfang Mai It was then said that they wanted to fly twice a week – with each Boeing 737-800 and thus about 180 seats per flight.

In June, Iraqis increased the number of flights to four flights per week due to high demand. Iraqi Airways is no longer using Boeing 737s, as originally planned, but rather large-capacity Boeing 777 (“Triple Seven”) and 747s (“Jumbojet”), with a capacity of approximately 400 passengers per flight.

AM 1. August Then the announcement that from now on there will be weekly flights from Sulaymaniyah and Erbil in the north of the country and Basra in the south, in addition to four weekly flights to Baghdad. This means that the airline will offer nearly 2,000 seats per week from Iraq to Belarus as of August!

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What the airline did not reveal – return flights from Eastern Europe to Iraq are as good as empty.

The former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania asks for Germany’s help!

This was confirmed by Linas Linkevicius (60), Lithuania’s foreign minister until last year, to BILD.

He says: “This ‘refugee influx’ is not a natural process, but an act of hybrid aggression by Belarus. It is the regime’s reaction to EU sanctions and pressure. Lukashenko threatened to flood Europe with drugs and migrants. Most of the illegal immigrants currently come from Iraq.”

According to Linkevicius, the dictator in the neighboring country “ordered his border guards not to stop migrants, but rather to help organized groups to reach the borders.” According to the former Lithuanian foreign minister, the regime of dictator Lukashenko was already promoting an “easy” route to Europe in Iraq, where even flights would be organized.


Linas Linkevicius served as Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs on the Baltic Sea for eight yearsPhoto: Petras Maluku/AFP via Getty

And indeed: the connection between Erbil and Minsk established on August 1 is fully booked from August 2 to October 30 – this is all 2,300 seats available for this period! It is clear that someone is buying whole sets of road tickets … with dire consequences for the EU country Lithuania.

According to Linkevicius, the situation for small Lithuania is “both logistically and materially intolerable.” No one (!) who has arrived so far has received a positive asylum decision.

Instead, Lithuania is counting on the rapid repatriation of illegal immigrants and “steps are being taken to significantly enhance border protection with Belarus. However, traffic is increasing and capacity is decreasing.” This is why the small country is reaching its limits.

The former top Lithuanian diplomat (from 2012 to 2020) is demanding “logistical and diplomatic assistance” from Germany and the European Union. The 60-year-old said clearly: “We need technical measures for border control and we need additional temporary accommodation. Tents, beds, power generators, etc.”

But not only that: Linas Linkevicius calls for a difficult path against the dictator Alexander Lukashenko and “Iraqi Airways”, who play the game of Belarusian dictatorship with refugees with full eyesight. We need more pressure and additional sanctions against Belarus, sanctions against the organizers of all stages of smuggling, and we need to pressure airlines to stop their flights. You have to admit that a large portion of the departing “tourists” do not return.

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Huawei CEO: A propaganda reception for Meng in China

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Huawei CEO Meng has returned to China – the state media has portrayed him as a folk hero. No mention was made of the release of Canadians. Critics speak of “hostage diplomacy”.

Written by Stephen Wurzel, ARD-Studio Shanghai

Hundreds of people gathered at the airport in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen that evening to receive Meng Wanzhou. The videos show women and men waving flags and singing the Chinese national anthem.

“A Thousand Days of Torture” under house arrest in a villa

After the CFO of technology group Huawei got off the plane waving and smiling happily, he gave a short speech on the runway. “After more than a thousand days of torture, I returned to the bosom of my homeland. The long wait in a foreign land was full of struggle and suffering,” said Meng, who posed in front of the cameras wearing a red dress. , the color of Chinese happiness as well as the ruling Communist Party.

Chinese state media broadcast the triumphant and nationalist Meng’s arrival online and on television. According to the government propaganda newspaper Huanqiu Shibao, also known as the Global Times, more than 60 million people in the People’s Republic have watched the director’s arrival.

Party visits and shopping tours

Meng was arrested in Canada in late 2018 on a US judicial arrest warrant. The accusation: You should have helped circumvent US sanctions against the Iranian leadership. Meng was placed under house arrest shortly thereafter and has since waited in one of her two villas in the western Canadian city of Vancouver for possible extradition to the United States. The 49-year-old had to wear an electronic ankle bracelet, but he had a lot of freedom; Meng has been repeatedly photographed attending concerts and intense shopping trips.

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After returning to China in the evening, she thanked Chinese Head of State and Government Xi Jinping. He worries about the safety of every Chinese citizen, “including my country, and has not lost sight of my plight. I thank the great motherland, the people, the patronage of the Communist Party, the government and the people who stand together take care of me.”

Meng thanked “the homeland, the people and President Xi” pitifully.

Two Canadians arrested in retaliation

Obviously, in response to pressure on the director of Huawei for free, the state and party leadership of China arrested two Canadians at the end of 2018: businessman Michael Spavor and former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig. Both were accused of espionage and held in solitary confinement in China for nearly three years in inhumane conditions.

After a legal deal with the US judiciary, Meng was able to leave Canada on Friday. Shortly thereafter, Spavor and Kovrig were placed on a Canadian government plane in China and departed China for Canada. Diplomats from the participating countries have been searching behind the scenes for a face-saving solution for all parties in recent years.

China’s “Hostage Diplomacy”

Human rights groups are now talking about the “successful hostage diplomacy” of the communist government. This has repeatedly claimed that there is no connection between the Meng, Kovrig, and Spavor cases.

From the point of view of Western diplomats and human rights groups, the events of the past few hours prove otherwise. Sophie Richardson, China director of Human Rights Watch, said the Canadians’ release a few hours after Meng’s house arrest ended shows that “the Chinese leadership is willing to use innocents as a bargaining chip to get what they want from other countries.” . “This is a worrying development.”

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The case has been dismantled as propaganda

Chinese state media represent Meng’s return as a victory for state and party leadership over the Western world. The English-language China Daily wrote that Meng was arrested in Canada because China is a rising power – which is precisely why Meng is now released.

So far, the media in China has not said a word about the fact that the Huawei director has been de facto exchanged with Canadians imprisoned in the People’s Republic of China.

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Official request denied: Taliban not allowed to speak at UN debate

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The Taliban are not allowed to speak at the UN debate

Who represents Afghanistan in the United Nations? This is what the Taliban want to do in the public debate on Monday. But your application is still unsuccessful. It remains unclear who will speak for the state in New York in the future.

Despite their request, the Taliban is unlikely to appear in the general debate at the United Nations General Assembly. The representative officially registered as Afghanistan’s spokesperson for Monday is the former ambassador to the United Nations, Ghulam Isakzai. This was announced by UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

After taking power in Afghanistan, the hardline Islamist Taliban movement applied to the United Nations to formally represent the country on the UN podium – whether through a speech at the current public debate or by nominating an ambassador designated to replace Isakzai. The decision on this is now up to the responsible UN Accreditation Committee. But so far, there has been no scheduled meeting of the commission, which is why the former ambassador to Afghanistan retains his position at least temporarily.

The committee is made up of representatives from nine member states – the USA, Russia, China, Sweden, Namibia, the Bahamas, Bhutan, Sierra Leone and Chile – and decides the representatives, and thus which leaders of the countries are recognized by the United Nations. In practice, the commission is dominated by Washington, Moscow and Beijing.

The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan in mid-August. Former President Ashraf Ghani had previously fled the country. Germany, the United States and other Western countries are in talks with them but do not recognize them as legitimate governments.

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Boris Johnson on the verge of turning around after a supply crunch in Great Britain

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After a supply crunch: Johnson turns around on Brexit policy – and agrees to visa waivers

In Brighton, queues at petrol stations are getting longer due to delivery jams

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Since leaving the EU, there have been strict immigration rules for EU citizens who want to work in the UK. After all, it was Boris Johnson’s Brexit pledge: British jobs for Brits. But now, the prime minister is forced to make exceptions.

Huge petrol and food delivery problems seem to be forcing the government in Great Britain to take an abrupt turn. As British media reported unanimously on Saturday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to bring thousands of foreign truck drivers into the country with the help of waivers in order to get the acute crisis under control. Currently strict Britain’s exit visa regulations are making the migration of skilled workers more difficult, so that the logistics industry comes under greater pressure.

Recently, it became known that some energy companies were unable to supply dozens of gas stations. Sometimes long queues formed. It is these images that prompted Johnson to rethink, as it is said in British newspapers. “Boris is tired of bad headlines and wants them resolved, and no longer cares about visa rules,” Johnson’s “ally,” was quoted by the Financial Times as saying. Cabinet members, at times in an intense tone, called on residents to refrain from panic-buying. “There is no shortage of gasolineCulture Minister Nadine Doris on Twitter “I repeat: there is no shortage of gasoline!!”

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Empty shelves and closed gas stations

British business representatives were exempted from the planned exemption regulations. But the Confederation of Industry (CBI) warned the government not to believe that the crisis could be resolved with the help of a few thousand foreign drivers, especially since many industries are complaining of a shortage of skilled labour. “We don’t have trained butchers, we don’t have trained welders, we don’t have chefs, we don’t have electrical engineers, so there is a labor shortage across the economy,” CBI chief Tony Dunker told the BBC. .

The government is asking companies to hire and train more British workers and pay higher wages. Dunker acknowledged the necessary reforms, but criticized the government for its approach. “You can’t turn baggage handlers into butchers or shopkeepers into chefs overnight,” he said.

The Road Haulage Association estimates there is a shortage of around 100,000 truck drivers in the UK. That is why there are jams and empty supermarket shelves in many places. Energy companies BP and Esso closed dozens of gas stations, while others offered only gasoline or diesel. The operator EG Group offered a maximum of 30 pounds (35 euros) per customer on the pumps. Other industries, such as meat processors, complain of a stark shortage of skilled labour. Since Brexit, EU citizens moving to the UK for work have had to obtain expensive visas. The massive increase in gas prices is also having an impact on supply, and hundreds of thousands of consumers are facing higher bills.

‘Extremely limited’ visa regulations

There should be an upper limit for visa exceptions, which, according to information from Sky News, could be 5,000. A government spokesperson stressed that any regulation “would be very limited”. The deputy leader of the opposition Labor Party, Angela Rayner, criticized the BBC for the fact that the government put itself in this position due to its fatal decisions.

Experts also warned that skilled foreign workers may not find the planned regulations attractive at all. Because they will be afraid of having to leave the country again after a few months. Since many truck drivers are also in demand in the European Union, professionals may prefer a safe job in the international community.

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