The resolute resistance of Poland and the Baltic states led to a slowdown in the activities of the Belarusian regime; we want to continue our solidarity on the eastern flank of NATO, said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in Riga.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is in the Latvian capital, where he met the head of the Latvian government, Kriszjanis Karinsz, to discuss the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border and geopolitical threats.
It is very important that we were able to coordinate our actions. Today we can already see that this coordination of activities, the activities of our diplomacy, are bringing results. The resolute resistance of Poland and the Baltic states resulted in the slowing down of certain actions by the Belarusian regime – said the head of government at a joint conference with Karinsz.
We were very active in contact with the countries of the Middle East, as well as with our western partners. This led, inter alia, to a change in the attitude of many airlines, which served as a tool for the movement of people, for attracting people, very often not fully aware of what might await them on the territory of Belarus by the Lukashenka regime – continued the prime minister.
We want to continue these joint actions, this solidarity on NATO’s eastern flank. Only this solidarity is able to prevent enormous risks and looming dangers on the horizon – said Morawiecki.
Speaking about these dangers, he mentioned, inter alia, “using people from the Middle East as human shields, as an instrument in politics, in triggering a crisis by the Lukashenka regime.” It is a crisis on the Polish-Belarusian, Lithuanian-Belarusian border and the smallest of the three crises, but in fact, they could explode at any momentć – crisis on the Latvian-Belarusian border – continued Prime Minister Morawiecki.
He stressed that in the last 40 hours Lukashenka had transported people directly from the Polish border to logistic centers a few kilometers from the border. This shows best that these people are an instrument in the hands of the Minsk government. And this is the first piece of this whole puzzle, these puzzles that have to be seen together – he pointed out.
What is the second element? This is something that is heard louder and louder by our NATO allies, namely – the increasing presence of Russian troops around Ukraine, in Belarus, along the Russian-Belarusian border, and also in Kaliningrad, i.e. in the Kaliningrad Oblast – pointed out the head of the Polish government.
As he emphasized, “this presence is an instrument of pressure, but at the same time an instrument that can be used directly in a direct attack”. We are all aware that these are not just empty threats. That it has already happened – in Georgia, Ukraine in 2014, Donbas, Crimea and it may, unfortunately, happen again – he pointed out.
The third element is – as Mateusz Morawiecki said – the energy crisis caused by Gazprom. And Gazprom is, after all, an obvious tool in the hands of Russia and at the same time supported by Nord Stream 2 – added.
He thanked the Prime Minister of Latvia for the fact that at all meetings of the European Councils Poland and Lithuania always spoke with one voice, that “this is a great risk”. And here, ladies and gentlemen, unfortunately this risk is materializing before our eyes. We were right. We followed our friends from the West and some doubted whether Nord Stream 2, the gas pipeline between Germany and Russia, would be such an instrument of blackmail from the Kremlin, this is what is happening today in front of our eyes – He said.
As he pointed out, gas prices are rising tenfold. Due to the fact that they, through a special mechanism of determining the price of energy in the so-called merit order, are at the same time a marginal price of energy, it was gas prices that led to energy spikes in most EU countries – he said, adding that this was another element of direct pressure from Russia on European markets.
I would also like to thank Latvia for joining this screening procedure and verification of Nord Stream 2 in terms of security. Because we have also initiated such a procedure, we hope Brussels will take it absolutely seriously – he pointed out.