Minister of Internal Affairs and Administration Mariusz Kamiński met with the European Commissioner for Internal Affairs Ylva Johansson. The talks focused on the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border. “We agreed that Belarus’s actions must meet with a firm response from the member states,” he wrote on Twitter.
“I have just finished the meeting with Ylva Johansson – the European Commissioner for Internal Affairs on the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border. We agreed that Belarus’ actions must meet with a firm response from the member states” – wrote the Minister of Interior and Administration on his Twitter profile Mariusz Kamiński.
“During the meeting, I emphasized that Poland grants international protection to people whose life and health are at risk, as exemplified by the aid provided to Belarusians persecuted by the Lukashenka regime and the evacuation of around 1,300 refugees from Afghanistan,” added the head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration.
He also said that he assured Ylva Johansson that Poland has been actively cooperating with the Frontex Agency since the beginning of the crisis and has been in constant contact with its management.
European Commissioner ahead of the meeting: it is important that we work closely together
The EU commissioner for home affairs announced Thursday’s meeting at a press conference in Brussels. – We’re meeting at the airport. It will be a short meeting. It is important that we work closely together. My message is that the EU should support the protection of our external borders, and the border between Poland and Belarus is the external border of the European Union. We must act decisively towards (Alyaksandr) Lukashenka, but we must also show that this is a European border, not just a Polish border. Therefore, transparency is important, and therefore we must act in accordance with EU rules and European values. I am convinced that the minister will agree on how we should cooperate on border protection, she said.
She also thanked for “the decision of the prosecution to investigate the deaths at the border.” – This is the source of my anxiety. (…) We cannot allow people to die on the EU border – she pointed out.
Poland told EU Member States on Wednesday in Brussels that due to, inter alia, the situation in Afghanistan and the opening of new air connections via Minsk, it expects that the migratory pressure on the Polish-Belarusian border will not weaken, and Belarus’s actions may escalate, e.g. by directing large groups of migrants towards the border with Poland.
According to the information from the Polish Press Agency, the Polish ambassador to the EU, Andrzej Sadoś, presented information on the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border on Wednesday morning at the meeting of the EU “27” ambassadors during the first point of the meeting.
The ambassador was to emphasize that despite the increased migratory pressure at the border, Poland reacts to the situation on its own and properly protects the external border of the EU. He also reported that the migration route created by Belarus and – most likely – Russia could be used for the uncontrolled movement of people within the territory of the European Union.
The PAP information also shows that the European Commission, the Netherlands, Lithuania and Greece, among others, expressed their full support for Poland at the meeting. The Netherlands and Austria reported that they are now also recording a large increase in the influx of illegal migrants
Main photo source: Twitter / @ Kaminski_M_