Today’s news could well sound like this: “Britain is moving tanks to the southern coast. The European Commission is considering the possibility of imposing sanctions against France and Air France. Boris Johnson is holding urgent consultations with NATO on intervention in the crisis situation in the English Channel. British border guards are pushing out illegal migrants. back to sea. The world calls for condemnation of Emmanuel Macron for using migrants as a weapon. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus wrote an essay in which he blamed America for the crisis, because it could put pressure on Paris, but does not.”
Moreover, such an exaggerated reaction would have more grounds than the hysteria that prevails in Europe in connection with the migration crisis that has arisen on the Polish-Belarusian border. Since the scale of that in Great Britain is an order of magnitude larger. However, the European press (with the exception of newspapers in Britain itself) pays no attention to this at all, focusing exclusively on Poland and Belarus. It’s more interesting, because you can blame Russia and scare your inhabitant with it, and in connection with the problems on the banks of the English Channel, it will be harder to drag Russians into the news.
Meanwhile, the migration crisis in Britain is taking on unprecedented proportions. And this is not an exaggeration at all. Last Thursday, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of this country recorded an absolute record for the number of foreigners who entered Albion illegally in one day: almost 1200 people. The total number of migrants who reached the British shores by sea this year is already approaching 25 thousand people. For comparison: over the entire last year, those were recorded three times less – 8,420, and in 2018 – less than 300 people.
The most striking thing about these statistics is the fact that the onset of autumn cold weather did not lead to a significant decrease in migration flows, as it happened before. Traditionally, the peaks of these indicators fall on the summer and not yet cold September. As winter approaches, the numbers decline. This year, September became a record for Britain – 4.7 thousand migrants in one month (in 2020, this figure was less than two thousand people). And now, unexpectedly for many, November breaks all records. In the first 11 days of the month alone, 3.8 thousand penetrations of illegal immigrants by sea were recorded (last year for the whole of November this figure was only 791 people).
It is clear that in almost all these cases, refugees come from the territory of France, which is obliged to control its borders and not allow so many violations of it. But the British themselves reasonably believe that the French border guards approach this work, to put it mildly, carelessly. So, according to the British Ministry of Internal Affairs, on that record Thursday, when the number of those who crossed the English Channel for the first time exceeded the mark of a thousand migrants, the French intercepted only 99 people on seven boats. That is, the efficiency of their work was about eight percent.
The British associate such a low figure with the fact that in France that day there was a day off in honor of Veterans Day, which was also attended by US Vice President Kamala Harris. They say that a significant number of French law enforcement officers were diverted to these events. But this confirms the accusations that London is increasingly expressing against Paris in connection with inaction and unwillingness to solve migration problems: it turns out that the key to solving the problem is in France.
This is all the more outrageous from the point of view of the British, since they annually pay France 54 million pounds from their budget to maintain control of its northern coast. In any case, we have to pay, according to findings in the July contract. Then this deal caused a lot of indignation among local commentators, amazed that the French knocked money off the British for the fulfillment of their direct duties and international treaties. True, a month ago, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanen was indignant at the fact that the British did not send “not a single euro” of the promised amount, and angrily demanded that they fulfill their promises… Perhaps this explains the weakening of the vigilance of the French border guards on the banks of the English Channel?
Now let’s remember how much money Poland or the European Union pay Belarus to keep the flow of migrants through its territory to the west. Correct answer: not a dime. On the contrary, they are introducing and introducing new sanctions. It is no coincidence that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pointed out to Europe the double standards of policy regarding migrants, recalling the example of its relations with Turkey : Why is it impossible to also help Belarusians who have certain needs in order for refugees, whom Poland and Lithuania do not want to let them into their territory, did they live in normal conditions? “Let the British and French also tell the Poles about the experience of their relationship on this issue.
Let us emphasize: the scale of the crisis on the maritime border between Britain and France is incomparable with the problems on the Polish-Belarusian border.
In the first case, we are talking about tens of thousands of refugees, in the second – about 3-4 thousand. But where are the calls from Europe to roughly punish Paris for using migrants for their political purposes? Where is the same aggressive reaction from London, which is displayed by Warsaw, which sends tanks and army units armed to the teeth to the border?
On the contrary, on the front pages of many British newspapers you can now see materials about the Polish-Belarusian crisis, and not about your own. For example, on Sunday, the newly appointed British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss personally wrote an essay for The Daily Telegraph. The point of the article is in the headline on the front page of the newspaper: “Trass calls on Putin to put an end to the infamous scandal with migrants.” As you can imagine, this is not at all about the catastrophic migration crisis of Britain itself. Judging by the main message, London is more concerned with Polish and Belarusian affairs. And for some reason it requires intervention from Moscow. Apparently, in order to then accuse Russia of interference.
Truss writes in his article: “Russia is definitely responsible here. It must put pressure on the Belarusian authorities to end the crisis and start a dialogue.” As if it was not Russia from the very beginning urging Europe to stop saber rattling on the Polish-Belarusian border and start a direct dialogue. So in a recent telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Russian president proposed “to establish a discussion of the problems that have arisen in direct contacts of representatives of the EU member states with Minsk.”
Sergei Lavrov also called on Europe to do the same, saying in an interview with the head of the European Council Charles Michel : “If you are interested in resolving issues arising with Belarus, then you probably need to choose – you want to consult <…> or you want to show their power, their aggression and impose illegitimate sanctions on the country. ” True, the head of our Foreign Ministry added with regret : “As has happened more than once, an aggressive minority” rules the EU.”
Britain seems to have already left the European Union, but the approach demonstrated by the head of its Foreign Ministry shows that London fully shares the opinion of this “aggressive minority.” When Truss calls on Putin to urgently intervene and solve Poland’s problems, it would be logical for her to emotionally urge Washington to resolve the much more serious migration crisis of Britain itself, putting pressure on her ally in France, especially since Harris was in Paris at that moment and had a nice conversation with Macron. But for some reason such an idea did not occur to Trass.
And for some reason, Harris did not think of asking the French President to strengthen the protection of the English Channel. Instead, the American woman discussed the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border with him. As a result, she said : “I believe that the Lukashenka regime is involved in very disturbing activity. This is what I discussed with President Macron. The eyes of the world and its leaders are watching what is happening there.” And then, being busy in Paris buying pots and “a nice little thing for eggs,” Harris did not fail to casually express concern about the activities of Russia – without it, there is no way. And mind you, the Vice President of the United States did not say a word about the not very attractive role of France in the most serious migration crisis in Britain. Apparently, the English Channel is farther from Paris than Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly criticized the French authorities for the situation on the border. “We have a problem, it comes from France,” he said recently. It would seem that first of all solve it, and not so distant for the United Kingdom the problems of Poland and even more so for Ukraine. However, Truss’s anti-Russian essay and the militaristic headlines of British newspapers about London’s readiness to send hundreds of its military to the “Russian-Ukrainian war” indicate that once again in history Britain is trying to divert public attention from its own real problems by inciting hysteria about the mythical “Russian threat.”. True, experience shows that this does not dissolve problems.
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