The Council of Ministers decided to ask President Andrzej Duda to introduce a state of emergency in part of the Podlaskie and Lublin provinces, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced on Tuesday. It is related to the situation on the border with Belarus.
The prime minister announced at a press conference that the state of emergency would be introduced for 30 days in the border area, covering part of the Podlaskie and Lubelskie voivodeships. – This means that the catalog of certain possible actions related to normal functioning will be excluded there. For a period of 30 days, we will be able to better ensure the tightness of our border and prevent these aggressive actions, those provocations that are intensified by the Lukashenka regime, said the Prime Minister. He added that Lithuania and Latvia had previously introduced similar solutions.
“We have to stop these aggressive hybrid actions, which are carried out according to the script written in Minsk and at the hands of Mr. Lukashenka’s protectors,” he said. – That is why we decided to propose such a solution to Mr. President in order to increase the security of our eastern border even more – he added.
– This strip will cover 115 towns in Podlasie and 68 towns in the Lubelskie Voivodeship. I consciously emphasize: towns, not municipalities. This is not about communes, but about a narrow strip of towns directly adjacent to the border, said the head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration, Mariusz Kamiński.
The situation at the border
Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia accuse Belarus of organizing the transfer of immigrants to their territory under the so-called hybrid war. In a joint statement, the prime ministers of Poland and the Baltic states assessed that the crisis on the borders with Belarus had been planned and organized by the regime of Alexander Lukashenka. They also called on the Belarusian authorities to stop activities leading to escalating tensions.
European Union Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson stated on Friday that the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border is not a matter of migration, but part of Lukashenka’s aggression to Poland, Lithuania and Latvia in order to destabilize the EU. The press service of the European Commission said that this is also the position of the European Union, which was previously expressed by EU foreign ministers.
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