The migration crisis on the border with Belarus is generated by the state authorities; If these authorities want to generate a similar crisis through air connections with Afghanistan, they will of course generate it, the risk is real – President Andrzej Duda said in Budapest on Monday.
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During the press conference following the meeting of the V4 group leaders, President Duda answered the Hungarian journalist’s question in the affirmative whether the US leaving Afghanistan could cause “a permanent migration crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border; that a new route towards Poland will be created ”.
Responding, Duda admitted that the President of the Czech Republic, Milosz Zeman, asked him the same question on Monday in the first part of the debate in Budapest.
– Of course there is such a danger, but it is worth pointing out the conditions here – he said. He explained that the crisis that is now occurring at the border European Union and NATO, which is also the Polish border, “is generated by the Belarusian regime in a planned manner.” He also pointed out that it was also about the border of Belarus with Lithuania and Latvia, including the EU and NATO countries.
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As he recalled, migrants “are guests invited by the Belarusian regime.” – They received Belarusian visas, they came to Belarus legally, they have the status of tourists in Belarus today – he stressed.
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– This is a crisis generated – which, in my opinion, has not had a precedent so far – by the state authorities. If these authorities want to generate a similar crisis through air connections with Afghanistan, they will of course generate it. But this requires active action on the part of the Belarusian regime. And if this regime works in this way, I am deeply convinced that there will be a reaction from the international community and, above all, from the European Union by creating a hard system of sanctions that will simply block this type of practice, he said.
Migration by land
The President of Poland assessed that we could also deal with a situation in which this migration from Afghanistan it will run through Russia, through land roads, because “this direction, if these people are to be in Belarus, is clear”. – I hope there will be no such situation. I hope that the Russian authorities will behave responsibly here and will prevent this type of emergency from being generated by land from Afghanistan, he said. In conclusion, he confirmed that “the risk is absolutely real”.
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Since the beginning of the year border guards has already recorded almost 40 thousand. attempts to illegally cross the Polish-Belarusian border. Most, because over 17 thousand. trials were recorded in October.
The state of emergency ends
From September 2, due to the migratory pressure in the border zone with Belarus in 183 localities in the voivodeship In Podlasie and Lublin regions, a state of emergency is in force. It was introduced for 30 days under President Duda’s ordinance issued at the request of the Council of Ministers. The Seym agreed to extend the state of emergency for another 60 days, that is until the end of November.
By the middle of next year, under a special act, a steel fence will be erected on the border with Belarus, topped with barbed wire and enriched with electronic devices. The 180 km long and 5.5 m high dam will be built in Podlasie. Along the border, motion sensors, day and night cameras will be installed. The Bug is a natural dam in the Lublin region.
The Visegrad Group is made up of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.