What are Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s goals in destabilizing the situation at the borders? Former president Aleksander Kwasniewski said in “Kropka nad i” on TVN24 that the president of Belarus “is preparing a serious problem for us”. He pointed out that in return for helping to solve the crisis, Lukashenka might want, among other things, to lift the sanctions imposed on his country.
On Tuesday, the Council of Ministers asked the president for introduction state of emergency in the area of part of the Podlaskie and Lubelskie voivodships. It is to be in force for 30 days in the border zone and cover 115 towns in Podlasie and 68 in the Lublin region. The draft resolution states that it is related to the “exceptional nature and the extraordinary scale of the migratory pressure on the Polish-Belarusian border”.
On the border, near the town of Usnarz Górny, a group of migrants has been wandering for over 20 days. They are prevented from moving to Poland by the Border Guard and the army.
Kwaśniewski on the state of emergency: there is probably one reason
In “Kropka nad i” on TVN24, former president Aleksander Kwasniewski stated that the situation was “completely inadequate to the decision to introduce a state of emergency”. – This decision is suspect from the beginning, in my opinion there is no reason to introduce (state of emergency – ed.) – he assessed. – There is probably one reason – limitation of the possibility of access for the media, journalists, various observers, for non-governmental organizations to this border strip, that is, in a sense, making life easier. Without social control, without media control, it will probably be a little more convenient, but it will not be better – he continued.
Kwaśniewski pointed out that in this situation the National Security Council should be convened by the president. He stated that “it should have been called several times.”
– There is no better formula than the National Security Council, but the president has given up using this instrument – he added.
Kwaśniewski: Lukashenka is preparing a serious problem for us
The former president also spoke about the international dimension of the current crisis related to the situation on the border. – There is no doubt that Lukashenka is preparing a serious problem for us – he stressed.
He stated that Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s actions in this matter were “a kind of double nelson founded on us and on the European Union.”
He pointed to “three main elements” in Lukashenka’s actions.
He was the first to mention that Lukashenka, in return for helping to solve the crisis, might want to lift the sanctions imposed on his country.
According to Kwasniewski, Lukashenka’s second target is “Erdogan’s casus”. – So that “I will detain the refugees provided that I receive adequate money for it” – he said, recalling that the Turkish president received “billions of dollars” in this connection.
As another goal, Kwasniewski mentioned provoking “bad behavior in the humanitarian sphere” and showing it as an example of the West’s hypocrisy, which speaks of the need to respect human rights.
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