The White House is not appealing to Russia to protect refugees attacked by Polish security forces or to protect Armenia, currently under attack by Azerbaijan. For days there have been indications that the Kremlin is not averse to rendering such aid.

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US urges Russia to press Belarus over migrants at Polish border: spokeswoman

The United States has called on Russia to use its influence over Belarus “to cease its callous exploitation and coercion of vulnerable people,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki has said amid a deepening migrant crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border.

“We continue to work in close contact – or stay in close contact, I should say, with our EU partners and other allies who are working to hold the Lukashenko regime accountable for its ongoing attack and that includes preparing follow-up sanctions in close coordination with them,” Psaki told reporters on Monday.

“We are still calling on Russia and encouraging them directly to use its influence to press the Lukashenko regime to cease its callous exploitation and coercion of vulnerable people,” she said.