The spokesman of the minister for the special services coordinator, Stanisław Żaryn, wrote on Twitter that “the migration route to Poland is under the constant control of the Belarusian authorities.” “The latest information shows that Minsk does not currently accept passengers traveling through the airport in Erbil, even with a visa already issued,” he said.
“The migration route to Poland is under constant control of the Belarusian authorities. The latest information shows that Minsk currently does not accept passengers traveling through the airport in Irbil (a city in the north of Iraq, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan – ed.), Even with an already issued visa” – he wrote in Wednesday Żaryn on Twitter.
In the next entry, he added that “the information below should not be used to jump to any hasty conclusions about the migration route”. “It rather shows that Minsk has – and uses them – tools to control the migration route …” he said.
He also indicated in an interview with PAP that the Belarusian side had decided to suspend the acceptance of passengers traveling through this airport. – The information that reaches me also indicates that the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stopped accepting visa applications at the Minsk airport for citizens of Egypt, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria – said Żaryn. He also noted that “there are no grounds for interpreting these decisions at the moment”. – We are showing what is happening in Belarus at the moment mainly to make the public aware that this migration route is fully controlled by Belarus and all this is happening with the support of the Russian Federation – he said.
Żaryn: we are dealing with evidence that the “cock” with migrants is in the hands of the authorities from Minsk
When asked what – in his opinion – such decisions of the Belarusian side resulted from and what this could mean for the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border, he replied that it was too early to talk about it. – Certainly we are dealing with some evidence that – colloquially speaking – the “cock” with migrants is in the hands of the authorities from Minsk. But I don’t know why such decisions were made – added Żaryn.
He also pointed out that “we are dealing with a cynical game by Alyaksandr Lukashenka, who may want to confuse us, pretend various things, organize certain administrative decisions or procedures just to mislead us”.
– We also have further signals related to potentially dangerous people staying in Poland – said Żaryn. As he added, these are people who are in the Border Guard centers.
– We presented on press conference with Minister (head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration, coordinator of special services, Mariusz) Kamiński information on 200 such persons. Further information obtained by our services indicates that there are indeed people associated with terrorist organizations among those who come to us. We also receive such signals confirming our assumptions from partner services – claims Żaryn.
State of emergency
Since September 2, due to migratory pressure, a state of emergency has been in force in 183 localities in the Podlaskie and Lubelskie voivodships, adjacent to the border with Belarus. Initially, it was introduced for 30 days. On October 1, the president signed an ordinance extending the state of emergency for another 60 days.
Main photo source: PAP / Mateusz Marek