None of the migrants went to Belarus because of corruption or pressure on them.
The Belarusian authorities used migrants to put pressure on the European Union. Kurdistan Prime Minister Masrour Barzani said this in an interview with Sky News Arabic, Kurdistan24 portal writes.
The prime minister said that he is closely watching the migration crisis in Europe. He noted that this issue has two sides - political and humanitarian.
“I can assure you that none of these migrants went to Belarus because of corruption or pressure on them,” Barzani said.
According to him, the migrants paid the smugglers thousands of dollars to help them get to Belarus, where they were then used by the Belarusian authorities to put pressure on the EU.
He also added that migrants travel to Europe in search of better opportunities, not “because of poverty” in Kurdistan.