Belarus leader Lukashenko tells BBC the country may have helped migrants into the EU – BBC News

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Belarus’ authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko has told the BBC it was “absolutely possible” his forces helped migrants cross into Poland”, but denied the migrants were invited.

He spoke to the BBC’s Steve Rosenberg, in an exclusive interview, inside the presidential palace.

Thousands of protesters and opposition activists were detained and opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya was forced out of Belarus after they claimed victory over Lukashenko. Her team criticised the BBC for conducting Friday’s interview, which they described as “giving the floor to a dictator”.

Ms Tikhanovskaya later told the BBC the interview provided Mr Lukashenko with “a platform for lies and propaganda”.

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