Relations between Belarus and the West have deteriorated since Lukashenko cracked down on mass protests following a disputed election in August 2020, triggering U.S., European Union, and British sanctions but support from Moscow.
Belarus and its EU neighbors have also traded blame over the plight of migrants. The EU has accused Minsk of encouraging migrants, mainly from Iraq and Afghanistan, to cross the borders in retaliation for the sanctions.
Three migrants died on the Polish side of the border and one more just inside Belarus this month. A fifth death – of an Iraqi man on Poland's side of the border, from a suspected heart attack, was reported on Friday. read more
Lukashenko said Belarus had treated the migrants well.
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