President Biden on Friday said the refugee crisis on the Belarus-Poland border is “of great concern” and that the US has communicated its displeasure to Belarus and Russia.
Hundreds of asylum seekers from countries such as Afghanistan have been stranded at the Polish border for weeks as the NATO ally refuses to allow them to transit through Poland en route to Germany — claiming Belarus has weaponized the refugees.
“It’s of great concern. We’ve communicated our concern to Russia. We’ve communicated our concern to Belarus. We think it’s a problem,” Biden told a Polish radio reporter on the White House lawn as he departed for a weekend stay at Camp David.
The comments were his first publicly on the emerging crisis.