– Since the beginning of the crisis, in a discreet and sometimes public way, I have been trying to support, and certainly not disturb the Polish government. Even if I am very critical of some actions or the lack of it – replied Tusk. – Commenting is not my job. I try, which is not easy, when you are in opposition, when you don’t have executive tools, to help you solve crises and problems. It’s not always about talking, ‘he added.
Tusk stressed that despite internal conflicts and disputes in the European Union, the border issue should be common to everyone.
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– What was very important to me was to make all my colleagues who today have some roles in Europe and some opportunity to make them aware that no matter how critical they may be towards what is happening in Poland, regardless of the discussion at the topic of European funds for Poland is to treat the border issue as common, European and NATO. You can disagree on many issues, I disagree with the government in most cases and I have strong arguments for that, but the security issue of Poland and Europe must be an important issue for everyone, he argued. – What hurt me a lot is the puzzling and very disturbing passivity of the Polish government. The fact that we do not have a minister of foreign affairs, although formally someone holds this function, has been known for many weeks. Passivity, and sometimes even PiS declarations that “we will not cooperate with anyone”, “we do not need Frontex”, “let them not interfere”, was the reason why I decided to tell all partners that there is nothing to be offended, do not let provoke, just try to help as possible – said the leader of the Civic Platform.
Tusk said that he had talked, inter alia, with Angela Merkel.
– My message was clear: the whole West must be mobilized to treat the problem on the border as a European problem. In order not to yield to this will, even if the PiS government says “we do not want to cooperate,” he reported. – If today the president of France, the chancellor of Germany, the president of the USA want to solve the problem of tension in eastern Europe and have no partners in Warsaw for a long time, and they see that, as in the case of refugees, despite the propaganda, sometimes even embarrassing, Kaczyński like Sobieski Vienna, which protects Europe and Poland from the hordes from the east. This is one of the reasons why Western leaders decided to get involved, because apart from propaganda there are also facts. Nearly 10,000 people crossed the Polish border to the west. It is not surprising that they want to act in this matter – he said.
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Poland omitted in matters of the border?
Tusk also spoke about Angela Merkel’s talks with Alexander Lukashenka.
– This is a dramatic question why Warsaw is being ignored today on such an important issue as the Polish-Belarusian border. We remember the Ukrainian crisis and the tension in the east. At that time, President Lukashenko was even sucking on Warsaw, asking for support because he was afraid that this destabilization would also mean the end of this “Belarusian autonomy towards Russia”. It would not even occur to him to look for a conflict with Poland. Nobody in the West would think of ignoring Poland in matters such as the Polish-Belarusian border. This is not a question for me, this is a question for the government, what happened that they do not want to talk to us – he said.
Donald Tusk also referred to the work of the uniformed services on the Polish-Belarusian border.
– From the beginning I said that no one has the right to question the efforts of soldiers and the Border Guard. The task of the state is to guard the border, there is no doubt about that. The soldiers and the Border Guard are not responsible for the evil that we also witness at the border, and those who give political orders – he added.