Polish Prime Minister demands “concrete steps” from NATO in the Belarusian border crisis


Hajn√≥wka, Poland-NATO must take “concrete measures” to resolve the immigration crisis at the Belarusian border, Poland’s Prime Minister reportedly said on Sunday, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia are the fourth of the alliance A treaty that may seek consultation under the Articles.

Under Article 4, allies may, in any opinion, request consultation whenever territorial integrity, political independence, or security is threatened.

“It’s not enough to publicly express concerns,” Mateush Morawicki told Polish news agency PAP. “Now we need concrete measures and the commitment of the entire alliance.”

Thousands of migrants traveled to Belarus hoping to cross the European Union, but found themselves trapped in a sub-zero border.

The EU has accused Minsk of adjusting the crisis to put pressure on the block over sanctions, which Belarus has repeatedly denied. Some countries in the region have warned that standoffs could lead to military conflicts.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, a key supporter of Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, said Russia is ready to help resolve the crisis, RIA news agency said on state television channel on Sunday. Reported by citing an interview with.

Mr Morawicki told PAP that EU leaders would discuss further sanctions on Belarus, including the complete closure of the border.

He added that the EU should jointly fund the border wall.

Border tension

Meanwhile, Polish troops explained the increasingly tense situation at the frontier, and border guards said immigrants were receiving instructions and equipment from Belarusian guards, hoping that another “big attempt” would break through. Stated.

A video posted on Twitter by the Polish Ministry of Interior showed that water cannons appeared to be deployed at the border.

NGO Grupa Granica said in a statement that Belarus had received information about attempts to force migrants to violence against Polish officers.

“I want to remind all parties that migrants are hostages to Lukashenko’s administration, not invaders, because of the risk of widespread violence,” he said.

Anton Bichikovsky, a spokesman for the Belarusian National Border Guard, said the accusation was disinformation. “It doesn’t match reality,” he said.

On Saturday, a group of about 50 migrants broke through the border line of defense and entered Poland near the village of Starzyna, police said. Border guards told PAP that they were all captured.

($ 1 = 4.0476 zloty)

By Joanna Plucinska and Anna Wlodarczak-Semczuk

Reuters

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