Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Wednesday accused neighboring Belarus of state terrorism. It happened in relation to the migration crisis at the border.
The war of words on the situation escalated on Wednesday. Morawiecki’s statement was made at a press conference in Warsaw, where he shared the podium with EU President Charles Michel.
Thousands of migrants are stranded at the border in an attempt to escape from Belarus to Poland, in increasingly cold weather.
The Polish prime minister says he believes the crisis is a “silent revenge” by the Belarusian authorities for Poland’s support for the opposition in the country.
The Belarusian authorities, for their part, accuse the West of provoking the migration crisis.
What is really happening at the external border of the EU? Poland claims that they are being invaded from the neighboring country.
Ask Putin to intervene
On Wednesday, German Prime Minister Angela Merkel called Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the matter. Belarus is a close ally of Russia.
– Merkel emphasized that Belarus’ use of migrants as a means of pressure is inhumane and unacceptable. She has asked President Putin to use his influence to end it.
Merkel spokesperson Steffen Seibert writes Twitter.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki believes Putin is trying to destabilize the EU. Writes the news agency AFP.
– The accusations that Russia is responsible are irresponsible and unacceptable, responds Dmitry Peskov.
He is the spokesman for Putin.
Tensions rise between Belarus and Poland
Several crossed the border
– The situation at the border is not calm, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak told Polish radio on Wednesday.
Smaller groups of refugees and migrants are trying to break down the border barriers between Poland and Belarus, he says.
– Two days ago, there was a large concentration of people near Kuznica Bialostocka who tried to cross. Now there are smaller groups attacking the border in several places at the same time, says Blaszczak.
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Accuse each other
There has been total chaos in the border areas between the EU country Poland and Belarus during the last 24 hours. According to the Polish authorities, more than 50 people have been arrested in the last 24 hours after crossing the border illegally.
Poland claims that Belarusian border guards have fired into the air to intimidate migrants. Both parties accuse each other of violence against migrants.
Poland has installed barbed wire fences on the border and is refusing to enter the country for migrants. On Tuesday, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko demanded that migrants be allowed to travel freely in Poland. They will come mainly to Germany, he says.
The EU accuses Belarus of bringing immigrants into the country and then sending them to the border with Poland and the EU. Following the repression of demonstrations by the Belarusian authorities after last year’s elections, the EU imposed a series of sanctions.
The EU believes that the current influx of refugees from Belarus is in retaliation for the sanctions. New sanctions are planned as a result of the wave of immigrants, says the EU.
The situation was also discussed at a meeting at NATO on Wednesday. NATO member states express their full support for Poland and are ready to provide further assistance, says an alliance source.
Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makej said on Wednesday that the West had caused the migration crisis. He went to Moscow to meet with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, who supports the claim. He says the situation is orchestrated by Washington and its European allies through organizations like the UN, the OSCE and the Council of Europe.
The UN is concerned
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are concerned about the latest reports from the Polish-Belarusian border. They have been in contact with the governments of both countries.
– They call for an early solution to the situation and immediate and unhindered access to the group to ensure that humanitarian aid is provided, that those in need of international or other protection are identified and that those who wish to apply for asylum can do so. where they are, it was said in a statement Tuesday.
Russia has supported the Lukashenko regime with guarantees and loans. This is to keep a pressured Belarusian economy going.
On Wednesday, Russia sent two strategic bombers into the airspace over Belarus, according to Reuters. The Russian Defense Ministry claims that the planes patrolled the airspace and tested the joint air defense of Russia and Belarus, writes NRK.