Mariusz Kamiński, Minister of the Interior and Administration, responded to a letter from the head of the German Ministry of Internal Affairs, Horst Seehofer, on the migration crisis. “Many of the organizers of this criminal practice are legally staying in Germany. We are ready to provide the German side with detailed findings,” he wrote. He also stated that Poland supports the extension of sanctions against the regime of Alexander Lukashenka.
Head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration Mariusz Kamiński he replied to the letter from the German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer. In his letter, Seehofer thanked Poland and the Polish Border Guard for protecting the common external border against illegal migration through Belarus to European Union countries. He also announced that he was ready to provide logistical support, for example, for the accommodation of migrants and refugees.
In response, Kaminski wrote that the situation on the border between Belarus and Poland, Lithuania and Latvia is “a ruthless and politically motivated action by the Alexander Lukashenka regime”, as well as “an element of a hybrid war waged against Poland and the European Union, with the full approval of Vladimir Putin”.
“Polish and German services have been cooperating for many years. Thank you very much for your offer to intensify this cooperation,” he recalled.
“Undoubtedly, as in 2015, one of the key roles in driving the migration crisis is played by organized crime groups that smuggle people. Economic migrants pay enormous sums to enter the European Union. I am convinced that a decisive blow to this shameful practice, will change the situation on our common border. That is why I am giving you an offer of full support and assistance from the Polish Police and secret services subordinate to me in the fight against these criminal organizations “- wrote the boss Ministry of Interior and Administration.
He further stated that, according to the findings of the Polish services, “many of the organizers of this criminal practice reside legally in Germany”. “We are ready to provide the German side with detailed findings. It is extremely important as it is Germany that remains the destination country for most migrants” – he added.
Kaminski said that our country “supports the extension of sanctions against the Lukashenka regime and the imposition of sanctions on airlines that benefit from carrying illegal migrants to Belarus.” “Only sanctions and a hard, common position of the member states will stop the transfer of thousands of economic migrants to Belarus,” he explained.
“We are also counting on joint actions on readmission and the implementation of the return policy. Germany’s voice on this matter will be very important on the international arena,” he assessed. In the letter he also wrote that Poland and Germany “should jointly provide real aid” to Lithuania and Latvia.
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