Crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border – report from November 23

Representatives of the Polish authorities were to apply for the possibility of the Prime Minister’s speech during today’s debate.

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Border crossing in Kuźnica

“We appeal to the international community to firmly oppose the actions of Belarus,” says the position. “We condemn the unlawful actions of the Lukashenka regime,” we read later. Speakers of the Polish, Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian parliaments also call for the implementation of another package of sanctions against Belarus.

Andrej Kuncewicz, the Belarusian deputy minister of information, quoted by the Belarusian BiełTA agency, calculated that apart from the Belarusian media, there are around 60 journalists from 22 foreign editorial offices representing nine countries on the border. – The Belarusian side provides conditions for a comprehensive coverage of the events on the Polish-Belarusian border. Poland shows no hospitality at all. Polish authorities continue to limit or prohibit access to the media on their territory, which – in our opinion – violates Poland’s international obligations, said the representative of the Belarusian government.

According to the words of the spokeswoman for the Border Guard, these attempts were made by “two groups of about 50 people”. – Of one of them, 18 people broke into the territory of Poland a few meters, they were arrested and taken to the border line – informed 2nd Lt. Michalska.

These people will be sent back on scheduled flights – informed Sec. Michalska.

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Immigrants on the border with Belarus

Last week, around 430 immigrants flew from Belarus to Iraq.

As a country, we are safe, because we are a member of the North Atlantic Alliance, the EU, said in an interview with Jacek Nizinkiewicz, the former general commander of the armed forces, president of the Stratpoints foundation, Poland 2050 advisor, General Mirosław Różański.

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Gen. Mirosław Różański

Deputy Minister of National Defense Wojciech Skurkiewicz informs on Radio ZET that more and more migrants are moving from the province. Podlasie to Lublin, where they try to cross the border. Among other things, on pontoons across the Bug River.

During his visit to the Lithuanian-Belarusian border, the Lithuanian president emphasized that he had talked with Angela Merkel about her talks with Alexander Lukashenka. He was assured that the German chancellor had not concluded any agreement with Lukashenka, and that the conversation was aimed solely at resolving the humanitarian crisis on the border. At the same time, Nauseda called for a switch from bilateral to multilateral relations in contacts with Belarus.

In an interview with the BBC, Alexander Lukashenko stated that the authorities in Minsk had not received a single application for asylum from immigrants residing in the country, informs the BiełTA agency.

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Mariusz Kamiński: The Polish ultimatum was effective

Merkel discussed with the leader of the Belarusian opposition the problem of the migration crisis on Belarus’ borders with the EU.

Mateusz Morawiecki in an interview with “Wprost” warned that the migration crisis on the border might not end soon. – Please recall the situation in 2014 in Ukraine. We all hoped that the conflict would be resolved. Meanwhile, information came from top Russian officials that the crisis in Ukraine would be a long-term one. Today we are eight years old and there is no end to this conflict. On the contrary, he said.

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Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki

From the morning of November 8, Polish authorities alerted that the largest attempt to cross the Polish border by force was starting in connection with thousands of immigrants heading towards the border. The immigrant groups were to be formed by the Belarusian authorities, although later reports indicated that the march to the border was a grassroots initiative by the immigrants. On Monday afternoon, there were attempts to cross the Polish border by force, which were, however, thwarted by the Polish security forces.

According to information from Radio Białystok on the evening of November 9, two groups of several dozen immigrants forcefully crossed the Polish border. This information was confirmed by the head of the Ministry of National Defense, Mariusz Błaszczak. In the following days, such attempts, organized by groups from several dozen to even several hundred people, were made regularly.

Due to the situation in the border region, Lithuania introduced a state of emergency on its border with Belarus on November 9.

A state of emergency has been in force on the Polish-Belarus border since September 2 in connection with the increased migratory pressure on the Polish border in this part of it. The pressure is to be the result of a hybrid war waged by the Belarusian authorities, which bring immigrants from the Middle East and Africa to their territory, and then make it easier for them to get to the border with Poland, as well as the borders with Lithuania and Latvia. These actions are the response of the Minsk regime to the sanctions imposed on Belarus by the EU.

Due to the situation at the border, the government decided to build a dam on the border, 5.5 meters high. The dam is to be built by mid-2022. On November 12, Latvia made the decision to build a fence on the border with Belarus. In turn, Ukraine, due to the migration crisis, sent 8.5 thousand additional soldiers and border guards to its border with Belarus.

The Polish government also undertook diplomatic activities in the countries of origin of immigrants reaching Poland. As a result of them, i.a. In Iraq, Belarusian consulates in Baghdad and Irbil have been closed. In addition, after talks with the Turkish side, in the face of the threat of EU sanctions that could affect Turkish Airlines, tickets for planes flying from Turkish airports to Minsk, not only Turkish Airlines, but also Belarusian Belavia, can no longer be bought by Iraqi citizens, Syria and Yemen.

On November 15, immigrants camped near the closed border crossing in Kuźnica Białostocka moved to the immediate vicinity of the crossing. On November 16, a group of about 100 aggressive immigrants attacked the fence and Polish officers, throwing stones, bottles and stun grenades at them. The attack lasted several hours, several Polish policemen, as well as a Border Guard officer and a soldier were injured.

On November 18, a group of around 430 immigrants who had stayed in Belarus in recent weeks, returned to Iraq on board a plane sent by the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On the same day, the head of the Ministry of National Defense, Mariusz Błaszczak, informed that a company of British engineering troops would appear on the Polish border.

Angela Merkel conducted two talks with Alexander Lukashenka about the crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border. The Belarusian side claims that it has presented a proposal that the European Union should accept 2,000. immigrants from Belarus, in return for which Belarus will send 5,000 immigrants to their homelands. The possibility of accepting 2 thousand. immigrants from Belarus were rejected by Germany.

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