Britain to send more troops to help Poland confront the Belarusian migrant crisis: Report


British media reported that it plans to deploy more troops on the Polish-Belarus border to support the efforts of the Western government to tackle the immigration crisis, which it claims to have been organized by the Lukaschenka administration.

Thousands of illegal immigrants, mainly from Iraq and Afghanistan, have gathered on the Polish-Belarus border in hopes of traveling to the European Union. The EU has accused Minsk of coordinating the crisis and putting pressure on the block in retaliation for sanctions against crackdowns on protests against the re-election of Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukaschenka in 2020.

The British Ministry of Defense announced on November 12 that it would send a small unit of British military personnel to Poland to provide technical assistance at the border.

The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday that the details of the deployment are still under consideration, but Britain will send about 100 more soldiers from the Royal Engineers to help strengthen the Polish border.

On Thursday, Polish Defense Minister Marush Bwashchak thanked British Defense Minister Ben Wallace for visiting the British troops trained in Poland.

Błaszczak expressed “high appreciation for fruitful cooperation and Allied support” and thanked Britain for its support, including the presence of British military engineers on the Polish-Belarus border.

Wallace spoke to the British media and said Belarusian dictator Alexander Rybakchenka was playing a “cruel” game using immigrants as pawns.

“Can you imagine going from Iraq to this border, with little clothes, food and money, and becoming a pawn in a Belarusian leader’s game? I think it’s ruthless and cruel,” he said. Told the Telegraph.

In an article published in the Sunday Telegraph, British Foreign Minister Liz Truss asks Russian President Vladimir Putin to intervene to stop what she called the “shameful manufactured immigration crisis.” Prompted.

Russia said Russia has a “clear responsibility” to put pressure on Belarusian authorities to end the crisis and initiate dialogue.

Mr Wallace said on Thursday that he believes Moscow “sees what this is and recognizes that Europe, NATO and the West are wary of what is happening.”

PA contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan

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