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Crisis on the border. Ursula von der Leyen will meet President Joe Biden

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The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will talk to US President Joe Biden in Washington on Wednesday about the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border. The European Commission spokeswoman Dana Spinant informed about the plans at a press conference in Brussels.

“The president and the president will discuss a wide range of topics related to the EU-US partnership. In particular, they will refer to the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border,” said the representative of the European Commission.

Joe BidenEPA / JIM LO SCALZO

Ursula von der LeyenFrederic MARVAUX / EU

Union response

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Also on Wednesday, the EU is to issue a joint statement “27” on the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border.

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Charles Michel, President of the European Council, called on Tuesday in Berlin for the EU to act on this issue. – We have started a debate on the EU financing of physical border infrastructure. This must be done immediately, he said.

– We are facing a brutal hybrid attack on the EU’s borders. At the last European Council, we condemned (…) and decided to respond (…) to these attacks. We asked the Commission to propose all necessary measures that are in line with EU law, international obligations and fundamental rights. We started a debate on the EU financing of physical border infrastructure. This must be done immediately. The borders of Poland and the Baltic states are the borders of the EU. One for all, all for one, Michel said, adding that Belarus is cynically exploiting migrants.

The state of emergency at the border with Belarus

On Monday morning, the media published information about a large group of migrants walking on the Belarusian side towards the border with Poland. Migrants gathered in the vicinity of Kuźnica. The Ministry of National Defense informed in the afternoon that the services of the Ministry of Interior and Administration and soldiers had managed to stop the first mass attempt to cross the border. The migrants have set up a camp in the Kuźnica region, they are guarded by the Belarusian services.

Since September 2, due to the migratory pressure, a state of emergency has been in force in 183 towns in the Podlaskie and Lubelskie provinces adjacent to the border with Belarus. A dam is to be built on the border with Belarus in the first half of 2022.

When reporting on the events at the border, the media can use almost exclusively official government recordings and information. Journalists have no access to the area covered by the state of emergency.

Main photo source: Frederic MARVAUX / EU



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