US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Minister of Foreign Affairs Zbigniew Rau about the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border. The head of the American dilomination assured of “solidarity in the face of Lukashenka’s hybrid campaign.” State Department spokesman Ned Price said that Blinken “also expressed deep gratitude for Poland’s active support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.”
“Secretary Blinken confirmed his support for Poland in the face of cynical exploitation of migrants by the Lukashenka regime. The actions of the Lukashenka regime threaten security, cause divisions and are aimed at distracting attention from Russia’s actions on the border with Ukraine,” wrote in the Sunday communiqué after the Saturday telephone conversation of US chiefs of diplomacy and Poland. State Department spokesman Ned Price reported that both diplomats condemned the instrumentalisation of migrants by Minsk and called on Alyaksandr Lukashenka to address the issues that prompted the West to impose sanctions – violations of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of Belarusians.
“The secretary also expressed deep gratitude for Poland’s active support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine,” Price wrote in a statement. He added that the US, Poland and other allies are united in their determination to charge Russia for its aggression and “other harmful activities in the region”.
Blinken on “Lukashenka’s hybrid campaign”
Blinken himself wrote about his conversation with the head of Polish diplomacy in social media.
“I spoke yesterday with the Polish Foreign Minister Rau to confirm our solidarity in the face of Lukashenka’s hybrid campaign on the Polish-Belarusian border, which is to threaten security, sow divisions and distract from Russia’s actions on the border with Ukraine,” Blinken wrote on Sunday on Twitter .
His entry was also passed on by the chargé d’affaires of the US Embassy in Poland, Bix Aliu. “Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a conversation with Minister of Foreign Affairs Zbigniew Rau confirmed our solidarity and support. The United States, Poland, allies and partners unanimously oppose Lukashenka’s hybrid campaign and other malicious actions,” he wrote.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: the ministers will be in constant contact
The announcement after the conversation was also issued by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“Minister Zbigniew Rau held a telephone conversation with the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on hybrid actions by Belarus against Poland. He presented the criteria that Poland will follow in assessing the development of the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border and in its further decisions,” we read.
It added that “the minister thanked for the political support of the United States and discussed the possibilities of further cooperation, bilaterally and in the context of international organizations, including the EU and NATO.” “The ministers also talked about the situation around Ukraine. The Minister and the Secretary of State will remain in constant contact,” it was reported.
Crisis on the border with Belarus
Since the spring, the number of attempts to illegally cross the Belarusian border with Lithuania, Latvia and Poland by migrants from the Middle East, Africa and other regions has increased sharply.
According to information provided by the government, there are currently 2,000 to 4,000 migrants in the border zone on the Belarusian side of the border with Poland, there are regular attempts to cross the border by force and provocation by Belarusian services.
From September 2, due to the migratory pressure in the border zone with Belarus in 183 localities in the voivodeship In Podlasie and Lublin regions, a state of emergency is in force. Journalists have no access to the zone it covers. When reporting on the events at the border, the media can use almost exclusively official government recordings and information.
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