A large group of Chechens have set up a camp in Brest, a Belarussian city next to the Polish border, in protest of having been barred from entering Poland.
The Polish government has said that the Chechens were barred entry due to security risks and potential terror threats, although it did not go into detail about the nature of the risks.
“We will not yield to the pressure of those who wish to cause a migrant crisis. Our border is protected. Chechnya is no longer in a state of war, therefore in my opinion it is an attempt by Muslim migrants to establish another corridor into Europe. We help those suffering from war, we help them financially. We help real refugees and strengthen the European Union’s external border,” said Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Błaszczak.
The Chechens at the Polish-Belarussian border have pointed out the they have sick and hungry kids, that they are being chased from one place to another, feeling that they are being mocked and treated inhumanely.
Polish border guards argue that the Chechens are trying to gain entry into the EU in order to reach the more affluent member states. Failing to enter through Poland, the Chechens may opt to attempt a route through Lithuania, a popular route for Chechen migrants, according to the Commander of the Lithuanian Border Guard Service Renatas Požėla.
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