Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday in Zagreb that Poland would continue to work towards de-escalating tensions on the border with Belarus. The Prime Minister emphasized that the actions taken by the Polish authorities to date resulted in the practical detention of migrants from the Middle East.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is in Zagreb, where he met with the head of the Croatian government, Andrej Plenkovic. Earlier, the head of the Polish government in Budapest met with the prime ministers of the Visegrad Group countries.
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– Poland will continue its efforts to de-escalate this tension and seek the best possible solutions. Our diplomatic activities to date have already resulted in the fact that the inflow of new migrants from the Middle East has practically stopped for a day, said the Prime Minister at the conference Plenkovic.
Prime Minister Morawiecki thanked the head of the Croatian government for supporting Polish initiatives, incl. Three Seas Initiative and for the presence of Croatian soldiers as part of international forces on Polish soil.
– Years ago, on the wave of enthusiasm, we could have assumed that sovereignty and prosperity are only one way and will never be disturbed – he said. – Today, unfortunately, we see that they need to be defended, we need to consolidate, we need to focus on the main priorities, and this is what we are doing together with our allies – he added.
According to the Prime Minister, “today is the time for Europe, from Stockholm to Zagreb, from Warsaw to Lisbon, to really focus on what is most important today – ensuring economic development, growth, prosperity, stability, peace, also peace on our borders.” “Thank you very much for the fact that we are on the same wavelength together with Croatia,” he said.
Morawiecki on attempts by Belarus to destabilize the situation in Europe
The head of the Polish government once again emphasized that on the border with Belarus we are dealing with “intentional use of people” by the regime of Alyaksandr Lukashenka in order to cause “deep destabilization in this part of Europe”. But – as he argued – the current migration crisis is only one of the elements of the attempt to destabilize the situation in Europe.
– The second element is the concentration of Russian troops (…) around Ukraine, in the Kaliningrad Oblast and other places. The third element is the energy crisis caused by very high ETS prices and gas price manipulations by Gazprom and Russia, the Prime Minister said.
The fourth issue, he added, is Russian disinformation and propaganda, which are working intensively on several issues, including the COVID-19 pandemic. According to him, there are also Russian propaganda activities that “are supposed to divide us within the framework of the European Union”.
– In order to strengthen the European Union, this is the second lung, as our great compatriot said, we are building, together with Croatia and several other countries, the so-called Three Seas dimension so that the north-south infrastructure – gas, energy, roads create new development prospects for Croatia, for Poland and the countries that are here, said the Prime Minister. He stressed that to this end Poland supported the efforts of Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria to join the Schengen area.
Main photo source: PAP / Leszek Szymański