Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The topic of the talks was the crisis at the Polish-Belarusian border. Previously, Merkel spoke twice with the leader of the Belarusian regime, Alexander Lukashenka.
The spokesman for the government, Piotr Mueller, informed about the conversation of the head of government. He explained that the conversation concerned the situation at the Polish-Belarusian border, as well as the coordination of the EU’s response to the current stage of the crisis at the external borders of the European Union.
Similar information was provided by the spokesman for the federal government, Steffen Seibert. He explained that the subject of the conversation was “close German-Polish cooperation” concerning “the disturbing situation on the border between Belarus and the European Union”.
“The Chancellor emphasized the full solidarity of the German side with Poland,” wrote the spokesman.
Merkel spoke with Lukashenka on Monday and Wednesday. The talks focused on the crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border. President Andrzej Duda said on Wednesday that Poland would not accept any decision made regarding the crisis “over our heads” and announced that he had delivered such a message to the German president on Tuesday.
The crisis at the Polish-Belarusian border
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. The European Union and the Member States believe that this is the result of the deliberate actions of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s regime, which instrumentally uses migrants in response to EU sanctions.
According to information provided by the government, there are currently between two and four thousand migrants in the border zone on the Belarusian side of the border, there are regular attempts to cross the border by force and provocation by Belarusian services.
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