Merkel calls immigration push at EU border “unacceptable”


Warsaw, Poland-German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it was unacceptable for refugees to be used to put pressure on Poland and other European Union member states on the border with Belarus.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a press conference that she would be the last to make an official visit to Poland as Prime Minister, not only in Belarus but also to help those in difficult humanitarian situations between the border between Poland and Belarus. I also appealed to Poland.

She recalled that it was also a message she gave to Russian President Vladimir Putin at a recent meeting, using people trying to reach the EU to “completely say that such a hybrid attack is taking place. It was unacceptable. “

In Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia, crossings by Iraqis, Afghanistans, Syrians, and Africans from Belarus have increased in recent months. The three EU countries have accused Belarus of pushing migrants across national borders and said they see it as an element of a “hybrid war” against the EU.

Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke at a press conference with Polish President Mateus Moravietski in front of the palace in Warsaw’s Royal Bus Park.

On September 11, 2001, the anniversary of the terrorist attacks, the two said they had discussed attack and security issues in the light of recent developments in Afghanistan as a new threat from cyberattacks.

European issues have also been highlighted, including the ongoing debate between Warsaw and Brussels over climate policy and changes in Poland’s judicial system, which the EU considers to be in breach of the rule of law.

Chancellor Merkel said she hopes the issue will be resolved through dialogue. Merkel, who has been prime minister since 2005, will resign after the elections later this month.

Morawicki said the relationship between Poland and Germany developed while Merkel was in command, despite some disagreements.

“Our economic relations are very good, Polish companies are growing in collaboration with German companies and vice versa. I am very grateful,” Morawicki said. increase.

“Despite all the differences, we can emphasize what connects us above all else,” he said.

Merkel also commemorated the victims of World War II in Warsaw by offering a wreath to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The war began with Germany’s invasion of Poland, killing tens of thousands and about 6 million in Poland.

Vanessa Gera

Associated Press