The situation on the Polish-Belarusian border is not a matter of migration, but of aggression against Poland – assesses the European Commission, quoted by PAP. The EU press service said that this is also the position of the European Union, previously expressed by EU foreign ministers.
“This area between the borders of Poland and Belarus is not a question of migration, but part of Lukashenka’s aggression against Poland, Lithuania and Latvia in order to destabilize the EU,” EU Commissioner for Migration Ylva Johansson wrote on Twitter. These words appeared in an interview for the American newspaper “New York Times”. She also published a photo in social media, show migrants staying in Belarus near the border with Poland.
PAP asked the European Commission about Johansson’s words on Friday. “This is really the position of the European Commission, and even more broadly of the European Union, which was expressed in a similar way by the foreign ministers of the member states,” said the spokesman of the European Commission Christian Wigand.
Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia accuse Belarus of organizing the transfer of immigrants to their territory under the so-called hybrid war. In a joint statement by the prime ministers of Poland and the Baltic states assessed that the current crisis on the borders with Belarus was planned and systematically organized by the regime of Alyaksandr Lukashenka. They also called on the Belarusian authorities to stop activities leading to escalating tensions.
A nomadic group of migrants
In Usnarz Górny (Podlaskie Voivodeship), on the Polish-Belarusian border, on the Belarusian side, a group of migrants has been camping for several days. These people are not allowed into Poland, the border is secured by the Border Guard and soldiers.
Polish policemen create a cordon several hundred meters from the Polish-Belarusian border and do not let anyone pass. Military and police cars cover the foreigners’ camp. Only through binoculars you can sometimes see the human silhouette.
At the same time, Polish soldiers began to build a fence along the Polish-Belarusian border on Wednesday. On Friday, they were working in the vicinity of the village of Jurowlany – near Usnarz Górny. They stretched and assembled coils of barbed wire to create a fence approximately 2.5 meters high. According to the announcement by the head of the Ministry of National Defense, Mariusz Błaszczak, the fence is to be 180 km long.
Main photo source: PAP / Artur Reszko