OREANDA-NEWS. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has promised a tough response if the European Union adopts new sanctions against Minsk. He noted that the country is being accused of allegedly unleashing the migration crisis. This is reported by BelTA. Lukashenko said that the Belarusian authorities have never been involved in organizing the migration crisis and «do not intend to».

«They scare us with sanctions. Okay, let's see. They think I'm going to joke, that I blurted out my tongue and that's it. Nothing like that. We will defend ourselves. That's it, we have nowhere to retreat further», Lukashenko said.

The politician also believes that the situation around the migrant camp on the border with Poland is deliberately heating up, including with the expectation of involving Russia in this conflict. In addition, Lukashenko said that Minsk does not want any conflict on the border with Poland, but Warsaw, according to the Belarusian leader, is striving for it. He added that Minsk is ready to send refugees to their homeland, but they themselves do not want to return home.

The migration crisis on the border of Belarus and the EU countries, which began in May, escalated on November 8. Then several thousand migrants approached the Polish-Belarusian border. They began to storm the cordon, but these attempts were stopped by Polish security forces. Poland has pulled military and special equipment to the border.

On November 11, the Polish Foreign Ministry estimated the number of migrants arriving in Belarus for the purpose of subsequent transit to the European Union at 15-20 thousand people. At the same time, according to the ministry, four to five thousand of them are already at the border.

Earlier it was reported that the EU is considering the possibility of imposing sanctions against 20 officials from Belarus, as well as the Minsk airport and the Minsk Hotel due to the migration crisis. Already on Monday, November 15, the European Union may tighten personal sanctions against Minsk, as well as consider sectoral restrictions.