Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Moravietski warned on Sunday at the border between the European Union and Belarus about possible pressure from illegal immigrants, this time from Afghanistan and Uzbekistan.
During his visit to Vilnius, Lithuania, Morawicki was informed that the difficult situation in Afghanistan after the Taliban took over the country in August “may be used as the next step in the immigration crisis.” Said that.
“We know the diplomatic and formal contact between Belarus and Russia’s Uzbekistan and Afghanistan, and … perhaps there will be attempts to use the Afghanistan crisis as the next step in the immigration crisis,” Morawicki said. Ingrida Simonite.
Meeting PM @MorawieckiM..
It is important for the EU to maintain unity and increase international pressure on the Minsk government, which is the only cause of illegal immigration to the Eastern European border. #WeDefendEurope pic.twitter.com/VEKXX7HBwo
— Ingrida Simonyte (@IngridaSimonyte) November 21, 2021
“And I think the immigration crisis is just one part of the big political crisis with Lukashenko and his real principal, and I don’t think anyone doubts that this is Putin,” Morawicki said. ..
“I think these dramatic events that unfold in front of us may be just a prelude to much worse,” he added.
He also expressed Poland’s support for Lithuania in “all efforts, including this.”
Morawicki took a full-day conference tour with the Prime Ministers of the European Union member states Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on Sunday. These prime ministers were also attacked by immigrants trying to cross the border illegally. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss how to resolve the illegal immigration crisis affecting EU member states bordering Belarus.
1/2 Europe faces new threats. Immigration crises, cyber attacks and gas price fixing are just a few examples of hybrid warfare initiated in Minsk and Moscow. PL, LT, LV, and EE are at the forefront of this attack. We are united and will continue to be united. This is the only way for Europe. pic.twitter.com/XbNufj3AZb
— Mateusz Morawiecki (@MorawieckiM) November 21, 2021
“For us, discussions (with Belarus) are very important to coordinate with Lithuania, Poland and Latvia, which are at the forefront of hybrid attacks, and no decision is made that does not fundamentally resolve the situation. I told the press at the Simonite press conference.
“There are some positive signs that migrants will return to their country of origin, but unfortunately the attacks organized by the Minsk administration are still ongoing. Therefore, until the situation changes significantly, we will move to Minsk. It is especially important to further strengthen the pressure and sanctions of the Prime Minister of Lithuania. ” According to the statement..
Welcome colleagues @MorawieckiM In Riga today. At our meeting, we will discuss the situation on the ?? border with Belarus and the current development of security in the region. ???? #LVmeetsPL pic.twitter.com/49SchY4aW9
— Krišjānis Kariņš (@krisjaniskarins) November 21, 2021
Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš Said after the meeting With Moraviecki: “The European Union experiences a coordinated hybrid attack by the Belarusian government to exploit third-country citizens through illegal border crossings at the borders of Poland, Lithuania and Latvia and take them to the EU. doing.”
“We have a unified and established position,” the statement said. “We do not allow the Belarusian government to illegally bring the people of third countries into the European Union.”
Kariņš has announced that Latvia intends to send a group of border guards and police officers to Poland.
The Latvian Prime Minister suggested that the United Nations need to be involved in organizing the repatriation of third-country citizens within Belarus’ territory to their country of origin.
Morawiecki and Kalisz agreed that “the situation on the Ukraine-Russia border and the EU’s foreign border should be viewed as a whole.”
Thank you for PM #Poland @MorawieckiM Fly over this morning. There are no signs of improvement in hybrid attacks. #EU Border. With consistent actions and messages, we support Europe’s security – sanctions must come into force and diplomatic pressure will continue. pic.twitter.com/qjQZnB3GmQ
— Kaja Kallas (@kajakallas) November 21, 2021
Estonia does not have a border with Belarus, but is concerned about the possibility of illegal crossing of the Russian border and plans to build a razor wire fence to prevent it.
Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas Post-meeting statement Along with her Polish correspondent, the hybrid attack on the Belarus-EU border did not seem to stop.
“We predict that Alexander Lukashenko’s pressure on the EU-NATO border will continue as the Belarusian government has failed to achieve that goal so far,” Karas said.
“Maintaining standoffs as much as possible is in the interests of the Belarusian government, because it takes focus from the brutal oppression and human rights abuses that it continues to impose on its people.”
To resolve the border crisis, Crow proposed to Belarus “quick enforcement of sanctions.”
Her country also focuses on exerting diplomatic pressure to suspend flights from countries of departure and transit. According to Karas, Estonia has already achieved diplomatic success in this effort, resulting in the suspension of many such flights.
Therefore, she said she should focus on the repatriation of migrants and called on Belarus to allow UN organizations full access to their territory to provide humanitarian aid to migrants.
“People fraudulently seduced by Minsk are legally in Belarus and Belarusian visas have been issued. They must be assured of security in Belarus’ territory and Belarus will return to their homeland. Must be allowed. “
Border violations continue
Poland has accused Belarus of continuing to ferry migrants to the border, even though border guards cleared camps near the border earlier last week and began returning some to Iraq.
Polish border guards said Sunday that they had prevented a forced illegal invasion by a group of 100 people in Zeremcha, brought to the fenced border by Belarusian troops. Polskie Radio 24.. According to the report, migrants attacked Polish officers with stones and pieces of wood.
Another group of about 150 offensive aliens “under the supervision of the Belarusian army” tried to invade the Polish territory of Dubicezelkieune on Sunday. statement According to the Polish Border Guard.
Immigrants tried to cross the border by throwing a board-made platform onto the fence, but those who went to Poland were arrested and brought back to the border, the statement said.
The Polish border guard has stated that it has registered more than 34,000 attempts to trespass into Poland, including more than 17,000 in October and more than 6,000 in November this year. Germany has registered thousands of people who have reached its territory from Belarus.
Neighboring Lithuania said 44 migrants were blocked from entering the country on Saturday. This is the lowest number in a week.
The European Union has accused Belarus of pushing thousands of people from the Middle East to Poland, Lithuania and Latvia in response to European sanctions. Minsk repeatedly denied the accusations.
Lorenz Duchamps, Reuters, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.