MOSCOW, November 13. / TASS /. The Western states created migration crises themselves, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with host of "Moscow. Kremlin. Putin" Pavel Zarubin.
"It is important to remember where the migration crises came from. Is it Belarus that discovered such problems? No, there are reasons that were created by the Western countries themselves, including European countries. They are both of military and economic nature," Putin said.
Elaborating on the military causes, Putin mentioned the conflict in Iraq. "Because everyone took part, say, in operations in Iraq, and now there are a lot of Kurds from Iraq. They [the West] fought in Afghanistan for twenty years, and now there are more and more Afghans there," the Russian President explained.
According to him, "Belarus has nothing to do with it." "Migrants went through other channels as well. The fact that now they have gone through Belarus is not surprising, because Belarus has a visa-free entry to the country from the countries of exodus, as Alexander Grigorievich Lukashenko explained to me," Putin went on.
Speaking about the economic reasons for the migration crisis, the head of the Russian state recalled that in Europe there are very high social benefits for migrants. "For example, a person who works well amid high unemployment in the Middle East, including in oil producing countries, even a worker in the oil industry, earns much less than a social allowance a non-working migrant receives, say, in Germany. Of course, people are heading there," Putin concluded.
Instead of working in turbulent conditions where no basic safety rules are observed migrants prefer to move to Europe, not to work and get two to three times more with their families, Putin noted. "Because they pay for both adults and children, and education is free, and, as a rule, medical care is free. I repeat, this is the policy of the leading European countries," the Russian leader summed up.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia has nothing to do with the migration crisis on the border of Belarus and the EU. "I want everyone to know that we have nothing to do with it," the head of state said. "Everyone is trying to impose any responsibility on us for any reason and for no reason at all," the President stated.
Putin also stressed that Russian airlines do not carry migrants who are now on the border of Belarus and the EU. He underscored that the Russian airlines do not carry migrants who are now on the border of Belarus and the EU. "None of our companies carries them," he assured.
Putin also said, referring to the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, that the Belarusian airline Belavia does not carry migrants either. According to the Russian President, these people "order charters." "It is a visa-free entry - people buy tickets and fly," the head of state explained.
"There are certain groups to transport these people to European countries, indeed, but they have been operating for a long time. The key link is in the EU countries," Putin said. "Let the law enforcement agencies and special services work on them [those groups] if they violate something," the head of state advised.
However, he thinks that it is quite difficult to bring the organizers of such transport chains to responsibility, because "if you look at the domestic legislation of European countries, they do not violate anything." "A person lives in one country, wants to move to another for some reason - for security or even economic reasons," Putin noted.
"If there is a violation of the law, then let the law enforcement agencies and special services of these countries work on these groups. Let them do it together, of course, with the countries through which migrants are trying to enter Europe, including Belarus," the Russian President said.
"Once again I want to stress it: Russia has absolutely nothing to do with it. We do not participate in any processes there at all," Putin said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed hope that the leader of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and Germany’s outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel will have a conversation soon. "As I understand it, Alexander Grigorievich Lukashenko and Chancellor Merkel are ready to talk to each other. I hope this will happen in the near future," Putin said.
When asked why Lukashenko and Merkel are not yet talking to each other, the Russia leader replied. "This does not our business." But he expressed the hope that it would be possible to establish direct contact between the European Union and Belarus.
Since the beginning of the week, Putin himself has had two telephone conversations with Merkel and one with Lukashenko. During the conversation, they discussed the situation on the Belarusian-Polish border.
The migrant crisis on the border of Belarus with Latvia, Lithuania and Poland unraveled on November 8. Several thousand refugees approached the Polish border from the Belarusian side and are camping out at the border zone. Some tried crossing into Poland by cutting razor wire fences.
The European Union is accusing Minsk of intentionally escalating the crisis and has called for more sanctions. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko blamed the situation on Western countries themselves, since it was their actions that had prompted people to flee the war in their homelands.