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Belarus Moves to De-escalate Migrant Crisis on EU Border

  • Merkel speaks with Lukashenko, focus on humanitarian concerns
  • Lithuania says Belarus leader driving crisis to win legitimacy
Migrants stay in the transport and logistics centre near on the Belarusian-Polish border in the Grodno region, in Belarus, on Nov. 17.  

Migrants stay in the transport and logistics centre near on the Belarusian-Polish border in the Grodno region, in Belarus, on Nov. 17.  

Photographer: Leonid Shcheglov/AFP/Getty Images

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Belarus moved toward de-escalating a crisis on the European Union’s eastern frontier, providing shelter for some of the migrants stuck on its border and pushing for a diplomatic solution with the continent’s heavyweight Germany.

Faced with a prospect of new sanctions and accusations of waging a “hybrid attack” on the EU, Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko spoke with outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel for a second time this week on Wednesday, a day after the most violent clashes to date on the border with Poland.