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Putin behind EU migrant crisis – Polish diplomat – RT World News


“Someone is helping” thousands of asylum seekers reach Lampedusa, Italy, Deputy Foreign Minister Arkadiusz Mularczyk said

A senior Polish diplomat has suggested that the recent wave of illegal immigrants arriving on the Italian island of Lampedusa could be part of a Russian hybrid operation aimed at eroding European Union support for Ukraine.

This concern follows a recent report from the Italian Interior Ministry, which indicates that more than 89,000 people have entered Italy illegally this year. Lampedusa, a crowded Mediterranean island, remains a favored destination for these arrivals.

“Someone is helping these people travel hundreds, if not thousands, of miles from Nigeria and Central African countries to the Mediterranean Sea,” Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Arkadiusz Mularczyk speculated in an interview on Polish radio on Tuesday.

“Someone who cares.” And Russia undoubtedly has an interest in it.” he added.

He said that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s goal is to “destabilize the situation in Western Europe”. Mularczyk suggested that the current state of confusion and unrest caused by illegal immigration serves to distract from the current crisis in Ukraine. According to him, Putin would exercise influence “In the wings” in the illicit trafficking of individuals to the EU, often facilitated by criminal groups.


“And it was a success because today the war in Ukraine is taking a back seat and the whole EU is talking about what is happening in Lampedusa. » » declared the diplomat.

Allegations that Russia is involved in facilitating illegal immigration to Europe have been circulating for years. In November 2021, this issue gained prominence when some EU member states, including Poland, accused Russia’s ally Belarus – and, by extension, Russia – of exploiting migrants asylum seekers in the EU for political purposes.

At the time, President Putin addressed this continuing challenge by stating that the “key link” migrant smuggling networks were located within the EU. He argued that European officials were trying to blame Russia for their own policies. According to him, the root causes of the influx of migrants are Western military interventions abroad and the attractive social benefits that EU countries offer to asylum seekers.

“Handle your internal problems and don’t blame others. [your domestic] problems,” » suggested the Russian leader.

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Poland’s ruling conservative government has openly criticized Brussels and Western European countries, particularly Germany, for failing to resolve illegal migration problems and for imposing the burden of hosting migrants on other member states. of the EU.

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