Russian jets carry out new bombing drills over Belarus in fresh show of support for Lukashenko

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Two Russian nuclear bombers had been flying over Belarus in the present day because the EU thought of constructing a Trump-style wall in a surprising U-turn to finish the migrant disaster. 

The Kremlin referred to as strategies it’s concerned in the dispute ‘loopy’ however Vladimir Putin lent extra support to tyrant Alexander Lukashenko when he dispatched two Tu-160 ‘White Swan’ jets to carry out drills to ‘simulate bombing’ for the second day working.

Lukashenko is accused of weaponising migration by flying in refugees from the Middle East and North Africa and forcing them throughout the border into Poland. 

European Council president Charles Michel surprised Brussels on Wednesday when he stated a Trump-style wall might assist shore up defences.

It would mark a rare about-face for senior EU officers, who lambasted former US president Donald Trump and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban for advocating related insurance policies. 

Some 15,000 Polish troopers have been deployed alongside the frontier to bar the migrants entry to the EU.

A Russian Tu-160 supersonic strategic missile-carrying bomber over Belarus in the present day

Two Russian nuclear bombers had been flying over Belarus on Thursday amid hovering tensions on the EU border over the migrant disaster

A photograph supplied by the Belarusian state exhibits migrants camped on the border with Poland on Wednesday. Thousands have flocked to the frontier after being granted visas to journey into Belarus from the Middle East and North Africa

The Belarus defence ministry stated on Thursday: ‘A gift two Tu-160 supersonic strategic missile-carrying bombers are practising a quantity of fight coaching missions, together with simulating bombing on the Ruzhansky air vary with out utilizing airborne weapons.

The Belarus air pressure was offering ‘escort’ to the Tu-160s over the nation.

Russia’s state-owned Aeroflot airline is accused of jetting hundreds of migrants into Belarus by way of Moscow. 

Bloomberg reported on Wednesday that the EU was discussing focusing on Aeroflot as half of a new sanctions bundle, citing an official from the bloc conversant in the plans.

Aeroflot shares had been down 1.24 per cent at 10.35am in London.   

Aeroflot AFLT.MM earlier on Thursday denied any involvement in organising mass transportation of migrants to Belarus.

‘Information concerning the risk of imposing sanctions could have a cloth unfavorable influence on the working and monetary actions of the company, and its capitalization,’ the airline stated.

‘Aeroflot intends to guard the pursuits of the company and its shareholders in all doable authorized methods, together with the best to defend the pursuits of the company in courtroom.’

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov questioned whether or not there actually was such an concept to sanction Aeroflot and stated he hoped it might not be realised in any case.

He informed reporters on a convention name that Russia was involved by rising tensions on the Belarus-Poland border the place he stated there have been closely armed individuals on each side.

European Council president Charles Michel, talking at a ceremony to mark the autumn of the Berlin Wall in 1989, stated that Brussels might assist build a border fence to stop asylum-seekers from getting into. 

The EU might build a border wall on the bloc’s frontier with Belarus to maintain migrants out. Pictured: Migrants are seen at a tent camp on the Belarusian-Polish border. According to the Polish Border Guard, a number of thousand migrants have been approaching the Polish border since November 8, 2021

‘We have opened the talk on the EU financing of bodily border infrastructure,’ he informed a surprised viewers in the present day in the German capital, which was divided for practically three many years. ‘This have to be settled quickly.’

Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission’s president, solely final month insisted ‘there might be no funding of barbed wire and partitions’.

Mr Lukashenko, dubbed Europe’s final dictator, denies orchestrating what Mr Michel referred to as a ‘brutal, hybrid assault’ on the EU.

Warsaw estimates that 4,000 migrants are camped on the Belarusian facet of the border with Poland. Russian state media claimed that many need to attain Britain. But Polish officers stated most who’ve already crossed need to declare asylum in Germany or the Netherlands. 

Poland’s defence ministry launched a video allegedly exhibiting a Belarusian soldier firing a shot into the air to intimidate migrants as extra tried to cross at night time.

It exhibits a crowd of migrants screaming after the shot is fired.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to ‘exert his affect on the regime in Minsk’. Belarus is a former Soviet republic.

Pawel Jablonski, a deputy Polish overseas minister, informed the Daily Mail that Mr Putin and Mr Lukashenko wished to ‘destabilise the EU as an entire’. He accused Mr Lukashenko of ‘in search of revenge’ for EU sanctions imposed on 166 people tied to the Belarusian regime final year.

Belarusian chief Alexander Lukashenko (pictured) has been accused of weaponising migration by intentionally flying in would-be refugees from the Middle East and north Africa and sending them throughout the border into Poland

The measures had been introduced in after Mr Lukashenko’s crackdown on opponents following disputed elections in 2020.

EU ambassadors in the present day agreed to broaden sanctions towards Belarus for what Poland stated was ‘state terrorism’, to incorporate one other 30 people and entities. Their property might be frozen and people might be added to a journey blacklist.

Russia took the uncommon step of dispatching two nuclear-capable strategic bombers to patrol Belarusian airspace yesterday to show support for its ally.

The UN warned the EU to not ‘enter a race to the underside’. UN excessive commissioner for refugees, Filippo Grandi, stated: ‘These challenges merely don’t justify the knee-jerk response we’ve got seen in some locations – the irresponsible xenophobic discourse, the partitions and barbed wire, the violent push-backs that embrace the beating of refugees and migrants.’