Poland says Belarus has staged an armed invasion at the border and summons an envoy

Warsaw — Poland accused Belarus of making an armed cross-border invasion on Wednesday and called on Belarus’ Chargé d’Affaires to protest that it was a “intentional escalation” of the border immigration crisis. He said he had summoned it.

Belarus rejected the claim as groundless and intended to defile the image. Minsk also denies the accusations of Poland and the European Union that it deliberately encourages illegal migrants to enter Poland and other EU member states via Belarus’ territory.

Poland has imposed a state of emergency on its borders to stop the surge of migrants from countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq trying to enter its territory via Belarus.

The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday night, November 1, an individual in an unidentified uniform armed with a long gun invaded Polish territory from Belarus.

In a statement, the ministry said, “The actions taken by the Belarusian authorities in recent weeks have increasingly revealed the characteristics of intentional escalation. Deputy Foreign Minister Warjik made a strong protest. “

“”[He] Poland considered such actions unacceptable, pointed out that they would not tolerate them … and urged the Belarusian side to explain the case immediately.

“Expansion of tension”

Anton Bichikovsky, a spokesman for the Belarusian National Border Guard, has denied accusations that Poland aims to allow the state of emergency to spread at the border.

“This suggests that the main purpose of these actions is in the area of ​​escalation and seeks to create a negative image of Belarus,” said the official Belarusian news agency. Stated.

The summoning of Belarusian envoy Alexander Chesnovsky on Tuesday was the third time in a month he was called to answer questions about the border situation where hundreds are trying to cross illegally every day. bottom.

The European Commission and Warsaw say the immigration flow was coordinated by Belarus as a form of hybrid warfare designed to put pressure on the EU over the sanctions imposed on Minsk. Belarus denies this.

By Pawel Florkiewicz, Anna Wlodarczak-Semczuk, and Matthias Williams