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Migrants stage rally on Belarus-Poland border demanding permission to enter EU – media

MINSK. Nov 25 (Interfax) – Migrants currently staying at a transport and logistics center near the Belarusian-Polish border staged a rally demanding that they be allowed to cross into the European Union, the Belarusian state-run news agency BelTA said on Thursday.

They prepared banners with slogans demanding permission to enter EU territory instead of returning to Kurdistan, BelTA said, without specifying the number of participants in the rally.

About 2,000 migrants, primarily those from Iraq and other Arab countries, are currently staying on the Belarusian-Polish border, waiting for a decision by Polish and German authorities on whether they can move to EU countries. Over the past few months, Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia have been reporting an increased influx of illegal migrants trying to cross into the European Union from Belarus. The EU has accused Belarus of creating chaos on the EU border. The authorities in the Baltic countries have described Minsk’s actions as a form of "hybrid aggression."

Belarusian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Anatoly Glaz, for his part, said on Thursday that not a single payment to help migrants has been received from the EU.

"Nothing has been received from the European Commission other than declarations of intent. Technical experts did not even talk to the refugees during their visit to the logistics center," BelTA quoted Glaz as saying.

At the same time, more than 200 applications for permission to work on the border with Poland have arrived from media outlets, he said.

"Four Kurdish journalists have also been accredited. There are no obstacles to the work of media outlets," Glaz said.