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Crisis on the border with Belarus. President Andrzej Duda spoke with Emmanuel Macron. Communication of the Elysee Palace

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Andrzej Duda spoke with the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, and the President of Lithuania, Gitanas Nauseda, about the situation on the eastern border of the European Union and about the scenarios of helping migrants. President Duda talked about “firmly guarding the border” between Poland and the EU, and Macron “confirmed the need for Europe to maintain pressure on Alyaksandr Lukashenka,” the press release said.

The presidents of Poland and France “had a telephone conversation about the situation on the eastern border of the European Union”. “President Duda thanked for his support for Poland and announced that Poland would firmly guard its (and EU) border” – wrote on Twitter the head of the President’s International Policy Bureau Jakub Kumoch.

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Moreover, “both leaders also discussed various scenarios of helping migrants, thousands of whom are on the side of Belarus.” “They also announced further consultations between Poland and France on the crisis caused by Lukashenka,” wrote Kumoch. He stressed that “in these moments, the solidarity of EU countries is crucial”.

The head of BPM also informed that President Duda had previously talked with the President of Lithuania. “Our mate countries, affected by the hybrid attack by the Lukashenka regime, are completely in solidarity with each other and speak with one voice,” wrote Kumoch.

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Macron confirms its solidarity with Poland

French President Emmanuel Macron during two telephone conversations on Thursday with President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki again assured of his “full solidarity with Poland” in the migration crisis with Belarus – the Elysée Palace announced on Thursday.

Macron “also reaffirmed the need for Europe to maintain pressure on Alyaksandr Lukashenka” in order “to put an end to the instrumentalisation that puts many people at risk.”

The French president “calls on Europe to continue working with countries of origin (migrants – ed) and transit countries and airlines to end these movements and allow readmission of people who do not qualify for asylum,” added the press release.

In addition, Macron “reaffirmed the urgent need to provide necessary humanitarian aid to people blocked at the border” with the involvement of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Organization for Migration, as he spoke about on Thursday with its Director General Antonio Vitorino.

Main photo source: PAP / Irek Dorożański / Command of the Territorial Defense Forces



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