The Russian state news agency TASS published the news, citing the words of Heiko Maas, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany, that «the EU is allegedly ready to return to dialogue with the Belarusian authorities if Minsk sends signals about improving the situation with migrants».
Screenshot of the post of TASS / motolko.help
In fact, it isn’t true. The head of the MFA of Germany said that the EU would like Minsk to make concessions and they would take this into account, but no dialogue is possible without concessions both on the issue of migrants and on the issue of attitude to the Belarusian people. And TASS didn’t say a word about the attitude towards Belarusians.
«We would like them (Minsk) to make concessions. If that were the case, we would certainly have discussions within the EU on how to proceed. But otherwise, this doesn’t change the fact that we have a clear position – it’s important not only how Lukashenka treats refugees, but also how he treats his own population. However, if there are appropriate signals, we will take them into account. Currently, I hear only words from Minsk, but I don’t see any actions at the Polish-Belarusian border»,– Heiko Maas said.
Answering the question about the sanctions: «How long will they last and develop?», the Minister said that work on the new sanctions list will be completed within a few days.
«I would prefer Lukashenka to concede, first of all, on the issue of how to deal with migrants, as well as with his own population, and that in the future we no longer have to talk about sanctions. But at the moment this is not the case, and the EU’s response is clear and unequivocal: this will continue if there are no concessions from the other side, in that case we will quickly be ready to return to dialogue»,–the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany said.
На русском языке:
ТАСС исказил слова главы МИД ФРГ сообщив, что ЕС вернётся к диалогу с Минском при улучшении ситуации с мигрантами
На беларускай мове: ТАСС перакруціў словы кіраўніка МЗС ФРГ паведаміўшы, што ЕС вернецца да дыялогу з Мінскам пры паляпшэнні сітуацыі з мігрантамі