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Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki for the daily “Bild”. An interview about the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border and the activities of Angela Merkel

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Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki spoke in an interview for the German daily “Bild” about the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border and about the use of migrants by the Belarusian services to blackmail European Union countries. The head of the Polish government emphasized that despite the riots and many attempts to force the border over a dozen Polish officers, the situation at the border remains under control, even though it “becomes more and more dangerous”.

Mateusz Morawiecki emphasized in an interview with “Bild” that “migrants are used by Belarus as a weapon. And the target is Germany, France and the Netherlands. So by defending the Polish border, we defend the whole of Europe”.

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He expressed his hope that despite many clear provocations from the Belarusian services, they would not go “a step too far”. He said that there are currently over 15,000 soldiers, border guards and the police on the Polish and EU eastern borders.

“There are over 80 million people in Germany. Would you allow another 50 million to come?”

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The Prime Minister emphasized that “we, Poles, are determined to protect our border, which is also the eastern border of Europe and NATO, by all means.” “Border defense is important because if we are unable to stop thousands of migrants now, then soon another hundreds of thousands or millions will be heading from Africa or the Middle East to Europe, especially Germany,” he added.

Mateusz Morawiecki on a visit to the Polish-Belarusian border (photo from November 9)twitter.com/PiotrMuller

“More than 80 million people live in Germany. Would you allow another 50 million to come? I think that people in Germany would not be satisfied with this, because they want to maintain their standard of living. They also want to keep their culture” – said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

Morawiecki: nothing can be ruled out

The Prime Minister added that he was pleased with the support for Poland from the leaders of NATO countries, including the current Chancellor Angela Merkel and her successor Olaf Scholz. The next step would be a firm declaration by Belarus’s neighbors: Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. And the next one could be the launch of Art. 4 of the NATO treaty. As the head of the Polish government noted, when it comes to potential threats from Belarus and Russia, “nothing can be ruled out”.

“Lukashenka and Putin are clearly pursuing a strategy of causing unrest and destabilizing the West. We do not know what else they intend to do. It is possible that the border crisis is aimed at diverting attention from the new military attacks Putin is preparing in Ukraine,” the prime minister said. He expressed his hope that the international pressure would take effect and that, in addition to the 20,000 migrants who came to Belarus, the influx of more would be stopped.

Polish border with Belarus (photo from November 14)Territorial Defense Forces

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki assured that the example of Poland shows that a sovereign state can and should successfully defend its borders. “The same is true for Europe: we must do everything we can to protect our borders in the Mediterranean and to the East from immigration,” he added, stressing that “all means of protection and surveillance are needed to be able to fight off attacks.”

Morawiecki on Merkel’s 2015 policy: it threatened the sovereignty of many European countries and created artificial multiculturalism

When asked by “Bild” about Merkel’s refugee policy in 2015, Prime Minister Morawiecki confirmed that it had absolutely failed. The policy adopted at that time “threatened the sovereignty of many European countries and created artificial multiculturalism. It was dangerous for Europe and the world” – he assessed.

Angela Merkel and Mateusz Morawiecki (photo from September 2021)Leszek Szymański / PAP

He also commented on the matter Merkel’s phone calls with Lukashenka: “For me, one thing is certain: in this crisis, decisions cannot be made over our heads. However, if the conversation concerned how migrants from Belarus are to be brought back to their countries, then any initiative in this direction is in the interest of Poland.”

In an interview for “Bild”, Prime Minister Morawiecki also raised the issue of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. He announced that it would be an important topic of talks with another German chancellor – Olaf Scholz. He stressed that, in addition to defending the EU’s borders, it would be important to agree “to work together for peace, including not giving Vladimir Putin extra money for energy, which he will use for further armaments.” “Of course, Nord Stream 2 must be stopped” – said the Prime Minister.

Main photo source: twitter.com/PiotrMuller





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