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Crisis on the border with Belarus. Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babisz will ask parliament for permission to send 150 soldiers to Poland

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Andrej Babisz, the Czech prime minister who is leaving office, announced on Tuesday that he would send a request to both houses of parliament for permission to send 150 soldiers to Poland, near the border with Belarus. The applications are to be delivered to the Chamber of Deputies and Senate on Wednesday.

The Czech constitution stipulates that both houses of parliament must consent to the sending of Czech soldiers abroad. The Babisz government wants 150 soldiers to receive such a mandate for a period of 180 days. Czech soldiers are to help Polish troops and officers to protect the border, but they are not to perform tasks directly related to the migrants, Babisz said.

The proposal must first be considered by the defense committees of both houses. According to earlier, unofficial information, sappers and logisticians are to travel to the border with Belarus.


Condemnation of the use of migrants by the Belarusian regime

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On Tuesday, the foreign affairs committee of the Chamber of Deputies condemned the use of migrants by the Belarusian regime in order to destabilize Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and the entire European Union. It also condemned Russia’s actions aimed at escalating tensions on Ukraine’s borders.

The MPs called on the government to provide maximum diplomatic, material and – where appropriate – military support to the Polish government in its efforts to protect the EU’s external borders.

Crisis on the border with Belarus

This 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 increased sharply. The EU and its member states emphasize that this is the result of the deliberate actions of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s regime, which uses migrants in response to sanctions.

From September 2 to November 30, due to the migratory pressure in the border zone with Belarus, a state of emergency was in force in 183 localities of the Podlaskie and Lubelskie provinces.

From December 1 to March 1, it is forbidden to stay in the strip near the border with Belarus, from which, inter alia, residents or local entrepreneurs. Pursuant to the amendment to the law, which made it possible to introduce this prohibition, for a specified period and on specific terms, the commanding officer of the Border Guard will be able to allow other people, in particular journalists, to stay in this area.

The ban was introduced in 183 localities in the Podlaskie and Lubelskie voivodships adjacent to the border with Belarus.

Main photo source: Artur Reszko / PAP

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