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Belarus Leader Vows to Continue Letting Migrants Try to Enter EU

  • Lukashenko says he won’t force migrants to return to homelands
  • Belarus president meets migrants after EU warns of sanctions
Migrants in the transport and logistics centre on the Belarusian-Polish border on Nov. 18. 

Migrants in the transport and logistics centre on the Belarusian-Polish border on Nov. 18. 

Photographer: Leonid Shcheglov/AFP/Getty Images

Belarus will continue to let migrants try to enter the European Union, President Alexander Lukashenko said, defying warnings of sanctions to deter the flow of people toward the bloc’s borders.

“If you manage to get across -- go,” Lukashenko told a group of migrants Friday outside a logistics hub near the Belarusian border with Poland that’s become a flashpoint between his regime and the EU, which has been blocking crossings. “We will do everything as you wish it, even if this is going to be bad for Poles, Latvians, and the rest.”