– We have never been under such pressure in the European Union. These are great challenges for the Union, said Viktor Orban after the meeting of the heads of governments of the Visegrad Group.
The main topic of the meeting was the migration crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border.
V4 meeting. Viktor Orban: We are defending not only ourselves, but the whole of Europe
Orban said at a press conference that “Brussels is pursuing a wrong policy”. – The European Union has to pay the costs of protecting the Community’s borders. It is unacceptable that the costs are to be borne only by those countries which, because of their history and geography, are on the border of the EU, he said. – We are defending not only ourselves, but the whole of Europe – he added.
Eduard Heger, Prime Minister of Slovakia, emphasized in turn that “the actions of Belarus are unacceptable”. – We support all sanctions – he said. As he added, “Poland is under enormous pressure” and the European Union should help her.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babisz announced the readiness to support Poland through help from the Czech police. “We cannot give in to pressure from the Lukashenka regime,” he said.
At the beginning of his speech, Mateusz Morawiecki thanked Orban for “quickly organizing the meeting”. – The level of solidarity, a positive response to our fears and reflections, is really uplifting and unprecedented. I thank all the prime ministers for that, he said.
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Mateusz Morawiecki: We see actions that are supposed to push us into a conflict
The prime minister argued that the “diplomatic offensive” on the part of Poland “brings positive results”. – Conversations with the prime minister of Iraq, with the prime minister of the autonomous region in Kurdistan, talks with our counterparts in Turkey and the Middle East, as well as reliable cooperation with Central Asian states, mean that today the influx of new migrants to Belarus is much less than a month or so. two months ago – he argued. – This is the first step to defuse the crisis caused by Belarus – he added.
Morawiecki assessed that – in order to understand the nature of the present crisis – one must “see it as a puzzle of various elements”. – Only when we put the individual pieces together, can we see the real threats that loom on the horizon – he said. Morawiecki emphasized that Lukashenka’s regime “uses people as a tool”. The prime minister also pointed to the “dislocation of the troops of the Russian Federation”. – In understanding this crisis, there is also a third point, concerning the energy dimension of this whole conflict, which means that our adversaries have more and more instruments of exerting pressure in their hands, said the Prime Minister. The head of government also pointed to the problem of disinformation and cyber attacks. – We also see these actions that are to push us into the conflict between the European Union and countries outside the EU, but in close proximity or create new conflicts within the European Union – he said.
Morawiecki thanked the prime ministers of Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary for their readiness to support. – Together, we are definitely stronger. The Visegrad Group shows that we cannot be lenient and turn a blind eye to aggression. We must be united, tough, we cannot be divided and this is a policy that we consistently implement – Morawiecki emphasized at the end.