The head of the presidential International Policy Bureau, Jakub Kumoch, said that President Andrzej Duda spoke with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Tuesday about the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border. The Polish leader pays a visit to Montenegro and North Macedonia.
“At this point, President Andrzej Duda is talking to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier to describe the situation (on the border – ed.), But also to show what is the Polish view on activities and various types of talks about the situation on the border,” said Kumoch.
“The Lukashenka regime will not impose an international agenda on Poland”
He stressed that immediately after this conversation, Duda goes first to Montenegro, then to North Macedonia. “I would like to remind you that both countries are our NATO allies, we want to hear their point of view very much, first of all to hear to what extent they may be afraid of extending or possibly any hybrid actions against other countries in the region” – said Kumoch.
He stressed that President Duda’s visit to Montenegro and North Macedonia had been planned for some time. “The visit is taking place, the Lukashenka regime will not impose an international agenda on Poland,” Kumoch emphasized.
He assured that President Duda was kept informed of the situation at the border on an ongoing basis and was convinced that the border services, the army and the police were properly guarding the border. But – as Kumoch said – the Chancellery of the President “is ready to make very different decisions during this visit.”
Crisis on the border with Belarus
From the beginning of the year, the Border Guard recorded over 33 thousand. attempts to illegally cross the Polish-Belarusian border, of which 5.3 thousand in November, nearly 17.3 thousand. in October, almost 7.7 thous. in September and over 3.5 thousand. in August.
Tvn24.pl report: The crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border
From September 2, due to the migratory pressure in the border zone with Belarus in 183 localities in the voivodeship In the Podlasie and Lublin regions, a state of emergency is in force. It was introduced for 30 days under the ordinance of President Andrzej Duda, issued at the request of the Council of Ministers. The Seym agreed to extend the state of emergency for another 60 days, until December 2.
The situation at the Kuźnica-Bruzgi border crossing, where migrants have camped on the Belarusian side since Monday, worsened on Tuesday morning when – as reported by the Border Guard – in the direction of the Polish services were thrown, inter alia, stones, logs of wood. The police used water cannons against aggressive people at the crossing on the Belarusian side. The Ministry of National Defense added that “the migrants were equipped by the Belarussian services with blast grenades and stabbed Polish soldiers and officers.”
Main photo source: Radek Pietruszka / PAP