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Bobrowniki – closed border crossing. The reaction of Belarus and the announcement of the head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration, Mariusz Kamiński

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Belarus reacted to the closure of the Bobrowniki crossing and announced restrictions for Polish carriers. The Minister of the Interior and Administration, Mariusz Kamiński, stated that if the Belarusian authorities apply restrictions, “Poland’s reaction to Belarusian carriers will be identical.”

MFA Belarus informed the Polish chargé d’affaires in Minsk about the response to the closure of the border crossing in Bobrowniki. Restrictions for Polish carriers are to be introduced; they will be able to enter Belarus and leave through any border crossings for trucks, but only “on the Polish-Belarusian section of the border”. This means that they will not be able to use Belarusian border crossings Lithuania and Latvia. The liaison officer of the Border Guard is also to leave the country.

The Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also announced in a communiqué that “the number of employees of the Polish Consulate General in Grodno should be equal to the number of employees of the Belarusian Consulate General in Bialystok.”

The liaison officer of the Border Guard received information that he was to leave Belarus, the Border Guard spokeswoman, Lieutenant Anna Michalska, confirmed on Friday to PAP. The spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Łukasz Jasina, said that the officer would leave Belarus by midnight on Wednesday to Thursday.

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“Poland’s reaction to Belarusian carriers will be identical”

“If the Belarusian authorities apply the announced restrictions to Polish carriers, Poland’s reaction to Belarusian carriers will be identical,” the head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration wrote on Twitter.

Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the reaction of Belarus to the closure of the border crossing in Bobrowniki

Former spokesperson of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Łukasz Jasina, asked by PAP whether such restrictions could really be introduced by Minsk, said that he “confirms such a possibility”. He stressed that the Ministry of Diplomacy would communicate the development of the situation. “Our reactions will be calm and after careful consideration,” Yasina added.

– We are analyzing the situation and we will inform you about the decisions. Every scenario is on the table with this type of reaction, we have to consider all the pros and cons, so we will make a decision calmly in the near future, (it) is a matter of the next few days – said the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In a communiqué published after summoning Polish chargé d’affaires Krzysztof Ożanna to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, it was written that the steps of the Belarusian authorities were “taken in response” to Poland’s actions, and Belarus “reserves the right to take more serious steps” in the event of “destructive actions” by Poland .

Bobrowniki – closed crossing with Belarus

On February 9, Poland announced the closure of the border crossing in Bobrowniki, the last one operating in the Grodno region, “due to the interest of state security.” The day before, a Belarusian court in Grodno sentenced a Polish minority activist and journalist to 8 years in a penal colony Andrzej Poczobut.

For over a year, Bobrowniki was the only operating road border crossing with Belarus in Podlasie, where goods and passenger traffic took place. Currently, there is not a single active road border crossing with Belarus in Podlasie. November 9, 2022 in connection with migration crisis the largest road crossing with Belarus – in Kuźnica – has been closed until further notice. The crossing in Połowce is also closed.

Also on the Belarusian side, after the closure of the crossings in Kuźnica and Bobrowniki, there is no active border crossing with Poland. The Terespol-Brest crossing is open for passenger traffic. There is also a Kukuryki-Kozłowicze freight crossing (Brest region).

Main photo source: TVN24



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