The head of the National Security Bureau, Paweł Soloch, announced on Thursday that President Andrzej Duda issued a decision on the consent to stay on Polish territory for soldiers from Great Britain and Estonia. The military is to support the activities of the Polish army during the migration crisis on the eastern border of the EU and NATO.
“President Andrzej Duda issued a decision granting the consent of the soldiers of Great Britain and Estonia to stay on the territory of the Republic of Poland, to support the activities of the Polish army in the crisis on the eastern border of the EU and NATO. We thank Great Britain and Estonia for their solidarity, political and military support!” – wrote on Twitter Paweł Soloch.
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The BBN specified that “in accordance with the President’s decree, the British (up to 155 soldiers) and Estonian (up to 150 soldiers) components from 2 December to 30 April will perform tasks related to engineering and reconnaissance support for operations of the Polish Armed Forces carried out in the border area”.
Migration crisis at the border with Poland
This spring, the number of attempts to illegally cross the Belarusian border with Lithuania, Latvia and Poland by migrants from the Middle East, Africa and other regions increased sharply. The EU and its member states emphasize that this is the result of the deliberate actions of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s regime, which uses migrants in response to sanctions.
From September 2 to November 30, due to the migratory pressure in the border zone with Belarus in 183 localities in the voivodeship A state of emergency was in force in Podlasie and Lublin regions.
From December 1 to March 1, it is forbidden to stay in the strip near the border with Belarus, from which, inter alia, residents or local entrepreneurs. Pursuant to the amendment to the law, which made it possible to introduce this prohibition, for a specified period and on specific terms, the commanding officer of the Border Guard will be able to allow other people, in particular journalists, to stay in this area.
The ban was introduced in 183 localities in the Podlaskie and Lubelskie voivodships adjacent to the border with Belarus.
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