Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, after meetings with the leaders of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, wrote on Twitter that “Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are on the front line”. He also wrote that “there is still time to avoid a catastrophe.”
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“Europe is facing new threats. The migration crisis, cyber attacks and gas price manipulation are just examples of the hybrid war launched by Minsk and Moscow. Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are on the front lines of this attack. We remain united and in solidarity. This is the only way for this. Europe “- Prime Minister Morawiecki wrote on the night of Sunday to Monday.
The head of government assessed that “we are witnessing an attempt to change the current security order”. “Russian military concentration on the Ukrainian border and blackmailing Moldova with gas are a red alert for the European Union,” he stressed.
“There is still time to avoid the catastrophe. I thank the prime ministers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia for unity,” added the prime minister.
On Sunday during the day, the head of government held a series of meetings with the prime ministers of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, with whom he discussed the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border and geopolitical threats. The last point of the head of government’s activity was “a briefing in Krynki with officers and soldiers protecting our border,” said government spokesman Piotr Mueller.
The crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border
From the beginning of the year, the Border Guard recorded over 34 thousand. attempts to illegally cross the Polish-Belarusian border, of which over 6,000 in November, nearly 17.3 thousand. in October, almost 7.7 thous. in September and over 3.5 thousand. in August.
Since September 2, due to the migratory pressure in the border zone with Belarus, 183 localities in the Podlaskie and Lubelskie voivodships have been under a state of emergency. It was introduced for 30 days under the ordinance of President Andrzej Duda, issued at the request of the Council of Ministers. The Seym agreed to extend the state of emergency for another 60 days.
Journalists have no access to the area covered by the state of emergency. When reporting on the events at the border, the media can use almost exclusively official government recordings and information.
The situation worsened a week ago, when a large group of foreigners gathered on the Belarusian side of the border near the Kuźnica-Bruzgi border crossing and made an attempt to force the border through. The group finally moved to the border crossing itself, where last Tuesday there was an assault on the border. There were, among others, thrown at the Polish services stones and wood logs; some officers were injured.
The camp created at the crossing finally emptied, and the migrants were directed by the Belarusian services to the logistics center.
Due to the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border, border traffic at the road crossing in Kuźnica was suspended from November 9 until further notice.
Main photo source: Twitter / @ PiotrMuller