We need to increase the protection of our borders. The European Union must be prepared to react appropriately if any hostile actions appear, said the undersecretary of state at the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Paweł Jabłoński, after the meeting of the EU foreign ministers in Brussels, where he informed about the increased activity of the Wagner Group in Belarus. – If we have the presence of organized paramilitary or military groups in Belarus, the risk of various kinds of provocations increases – he added.
– I passed on (…) to the other ministers information about the increasing activity of the Wagner Group on Belarus. That there may be more provocations. These are Russian actions, Belarusian actions that may be aimed at the security of Poland and the security of the European Union. We need to increase the protection of our borders. European Union it must be prepared to react appropriately should any hostile actions appear, said Deputy Foreign Minister Paweł Jabłoński.
– The European Union may undertake political actions to prepare for possible actions of an aggressive, provocative nature. We have to be prepared that such actions may occur. The attack on our border by an organized group of illegal immigrants, transported to the territory of Belarus by Belarusian forces in full coordination with Russia, is something we’ve been dealing with with varying intensity since 2021. We must be aware that such attempts may also be repeated. In addition, if we have the presence of organized paramilitary or military groups in Belarus, the risk of various types of provocations increases, he assessed.
He stressed that the protection of the EU’s external borders is a task that should be shared by all EU countries. – Countries that are border states cannot be left alone. The response to the growing migration threat, to the threat of migration, which has the character of hybrid warfare, is in the nature of actions aimed at lowering security, must be the strengthening of the common EU policy. Increasing funds for states for border protection. Increasing the possibility of providing such support by Frontex he said.
– We oppose opening borders for uncontrolled immigration, allowing the widest possible groups of people in, which unfortunately is what some entities in Europe are striving for. We are clear: if we are to be safe, we must be able to defend ourselves against illegal immigration. Poland has shown how to do it, but more support is needed both for Poland and for other countries – summed up Jabłoński.
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