Crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border – report from November 24

– Since the beginning of the crisis on the eastern border, we have talked about the absolute need to internationalize this tension. Poland should not be lonely in the face of this situation, as it has been for many weeks, said Donald Tusk at a press conference when asked about Prime Minister Morawiecki’s visits to the Baltic States, the meeting of the Visegrad Group and visits to Paris, Berlin and London. – I prefer when representatives of the PiS government cooperate with Europe, rather than turning their backs on it. But it’s mustard after dinner – added Tusk.

Marcin Przydacz, the deputy head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, informed the Reuters agency about Morawiecki’s meetings with the German chancellor and the British prime minister. Morawiecki’s meetings with the leaders of Germany and Great Britain will be devoted primarily to the situation on the Polish-Belarus border.

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President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with Ukrainian soldiers

1-2 thousand soldiers of the Lithuanian army are constantly present at the border.

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Lithuanian soldiers

The Investigative Committee of Belarus has initiated an investigation into the incident involving the use of “special measures against refugees by Poland”, informs the official Belarusian news agency Belta. The incident was supposed to take place on the night of November 23. According to the Investigative Committee of Belarus, “a group of immigrants standing near the fence on the Polish-Belarus border in the Kamieniec region asked for asylum and did not behave aggressively”. “In response, Polish security forces used tear gas against immigrants and threw smoke grenades on Belarusian territory,” reports BiełTA.

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Bogdan Borusewicz

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will meet on Thursday not only with Chancellor Angela Merkel, but also with Olaf Scholz, who will replace her soon, “Wprost” agreed. In addition to the crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border, the topic of conversation may also be the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Last day there were 267 attempts to illegally cross the Polish-Belarusian border, the Border Guard reported

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s visit to Paris begins. “During the meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, geopolitical challenges for Europe will be discussed, including in the context of hybrid attacks carried out by Belarus and activities destabilizing the gas and energy market,” said government spokesman Piotr Müller.

Thanks to the service of Polish soldiers, further attempts to illegally cross the border are thwarted, emphasizes the Ministry of National Defense on Twitter.

During Tuesday’s debate in the European Parliament, MEP Radosław Sikorski said that several days after the EU intervention, more planes were taking migrants back to Iraq and other places. – The question is why it was not possible to ask for help from the EU in September and October? This crisis could have ended almost as soon as it began, said the former head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

When asked about this statement, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Paweł Jabłoński said on Polish Radio 24 that “Mr. Sikorski tells a lot of things” and his words are “detached from reality”. He stressed that diplomatic activities undertaken primarily by Lithuania, Poland and Latvia “took place from the beginning of September”.

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Member of the PO Radosław Sikorski

Deputy head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Radosław Sikorski has no knowledge or pretends he has no knowledge

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Child of immigrants in the Bruzgi crossing area

In the coming days, the head of the Polish government, Mateusz Morawiecki, is to visit other countries to talk about the tense situation around Belarus and Ukraine, writes Michał Kolanko in Rzeczpospolita.

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From the morning of November 8, the Polish authorities alerted that the largest attempt to cross the Polish border by force was starting in connection with the fact that thousands of immigrants were heading towards the border. The immigrant groups were to be formed by the Belarusian authorities, although later reports revealed 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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