“Polish-German relations are certainly fundamental to the cohesion of the European Union. We are currently defending the external border of the European Union, and therefore also Germany, against a great wave of refugees,” Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said after a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel. The head of government in Berlin, in turn, declared close cooperation with our country in the context of the border crisis.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki met in Berlin with Chancellor Angela Merkel. The conversation concerned, inter alia, the current situation on the Polish-Belarusian border of the European Union and coordinating the responses of European countries and NATO members to hybrid actions on the part of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s regime.
Polish-German relations are certainly fundamental to the cohesion of the European Union and the quality of the response to these crises that are taking place between us – on the periphery of the EU, around Ukraine, Moldova and in several other places, including the Western Balkans. A lot depends on the quality of cooperation between Poland and Germany – also how we will be able to work to consolidate prosperity and peace in this part of the world – said the prime minister at the press conference after the meeting.
As he pointed out, in the case of these crises “most of the threads are kept in the Kremlin by the Russian leader.” Referring to the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border, the Prime Minister emphasized that “here we are defending the external border of the Union, and therefore we are also defending Germany against the great wave of refugees”.
Lukashenka tried to test these limits – he “invited” the first several thousand migrants, and in fact used them as human shields, as instruments to trigger a political crisis. The intention was clear: to destabilize the EU through the Polish-Belarusian border. We stopped this wave of refugees – said the prime minister.
Morawiecki made a reservation that “we are concerned that the next path of migration will be attracting and inviting refugees, migrants from Afghanistan”.
And this is probably one of the future moves on this chessboard of actions planned by (Alyaksandr) Lukashenka and the president of (Russia, Vladimir) Putin – assessed Morawiecki. The head of the Polish government also indicated the directions of counteracting aggression and attacks from the east.
One must definitely plan the next steps on this escalation ladder, but one must also hope that we will not only go up, but also steps down. Further sanctions, including trade sanctions, must be planned – said the prime minister. Mateusz Morawiecki did not rule out the possibility that in the future the flow of goods between Poland and Belarus would not be possible“If the conflict at the border escalates and migrants are used as a political tool.”
Angela Merkel at a joint conference with Mateusz Morawiecki emphasized that that Belarus, in the spirit of a hybrid attack, lured migrants and wants to destabilize not only Poland, but the entire European Union.
Therefore, on the one hand, full solidarity towards Poland, and on the other, a clear message that we are dealing here with a topic between the EU and Belarus, and that everything that is happening on a bilateral level must be strictly agreed and consulted on. This was also the case with my telephone conversations with (Alyaksandr) Lukashenka, I also talked about it with the Polish Prime Minister – she pointed out. The German Chancellor emphasized that in this situation it is about people – that they have decent help and protection, and that they can return to their countries of origin. As she added, she also discussed the humanitarian situation on the Polish side with the Polish prime minister.
Poland is under great pressure every day, we will work closely with Poland Merkel assured me.
Merkel said the conversation also concerned the extent to which this situation is related to Russia.
We know that Lukashenka and President Putin have a very close relationship. That is why I also talked to the Russian president about this situation – she said.
It must be made clear that people must not be used for such purposes hybrid – the German chancellor noted.
Prime Minister Morawiecki’s visit to Berlin is in line with the one that began on Sunday a series of meetings with European leaders. From Sunday, the head of the Polish government visited 7 countries and during meetings with European leaders he talked about the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border of the European Union.