I call on the Member States to approve an extended system of sanctions against the Belarusian authorities responsible for this hybrid attack, wrote the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, in a statement. “Belarus must stop endangering people’s lives” – she emphasized.
Von der Leyen calls for sanctions to be imposed on the Belarusian authorities
She also indicated that the EU would investigate how to impose sanctions on third-country airlines that smuggle people. She added on Twitter that “we want to prevent a humanitarian crisis and ensure safe returns.”
She also said that she had spoken with the Polish prime minister, the prime minister of Lithuania and the prime minister of Latvia to express the EU’s solidarity and discuss with them measures that the EU could take to support them in their efforts to deal with this crisis.
“The instrumentalization of migrants by Belarus for political purposes is unacceptable” – she stressed.
Crisis on the border
On Monday morning, the media published information about a large group of migrants planning to cross the Belarusian border with Poland. Migrants are located near the border crossing in Kuźnica.
A conference on the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border was held at the National Security Bureau on Monday afternoon. Earlier on Monday under the leadership of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki took place crisis staff, who discussed the current situation on the Polish-Belarusian border with the participation of, inter alia, Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński and the heads of the Ministry of the Interior and Administration, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of National Defense.
The Ministry of the Interior and Administration informed on Twitter around 13 that “the Polish services prevented the migrants’ attempt to force their way to the Polish side south of the border crossing in Kuźnica”. “The situation has been brought under control” – emphasized the ministry.
The crossing of the border by migrants
The Ministry of National Defense later informed that in the Kuźnica region there were further attempts by migrants to cross the border. In the afternoon, the Ministry of National Defense posted a recording on Twitter showing how a group of migrants is destroying border security, throwing at them, inter alia, with logs, and one man cuts the wire with scissors. Officers use gas against people crossing the border.
In another entry, the Ministry of National Defense published a photo of Belarusian officers standing near the fence on the border. “Events in the Kuźnica region are taking place in the presence and under the control of Belarusian services,” emphasized the ministry. The spokesman of the minister of the special services coordinator, Stanisław Żaryn, wrote in the morning that it had begun “the largest attempt to enter Poland by force by force so far“He also posted a video on Twitter showing a group of several hundred people walking along the road with luggage.
Main photo source: EPA / Olivier Matthys