In their second phone call this week, the Belarusian leader and Merkel agreed that the problem as a whole would be brought up to the level of Belarus, and the E.U. and officials from both sides would immediately start negotiations.
The chancellor stressed the need for humanitarian aid and repatriation facilities organized by the U.N. and E.U. to help the affected people.
A Polish deputy interior minister said he had received information that Belarusian authorities were bussing migrants away from the border crossing area. However, it was unclear of the destination.
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