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The Polish Mi-24 helicopter was to cross the border with Belarus. Commentary of the Operational Command of the Armed Forces

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Lieutenant Colonel Jacek Goryszewski, press spokesman of the Operational Command of the Armed Forces, denied reports from the Belarusian side that the Polish Mi-24 helicopter was to cross the border with this country. The Belarusian State Border Committee previously reported that the helicopter flew 1,200 meters into the country and then returned to Poland. Goryszewski said that the reports about the violation of Belarusian airspace were “a complete lie and a provocation.”

The Belarusian State Border Committee reported on Friday that the Mi-24 helicopter of the Polish Armed Forces allegedly violated the airspace Belarus. The machine was supposed to move at a “very low altitude”, fly into the country at a distance of about 1,200 meters, and then turn back towards Poland. The incident allegedly took place in the Brzostowicki district (district) of the Grodno region, reported Reuters and AFP, which quoted the statement of the Belarusian Border Committee. As reported by Reuters, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Minsk stated that in connection with the incident, it summoned the chargé d’affaires of the Republic of Poland in Belarus for an interview and asked the Polish side to initiate an investigation into the incident.

Lieutenant Colonel Jacek Goryszewski, press spokesman for the Operational Command of the Armed Forces, supervising the missions performed by polish army he said that reports about the violation of Belarusian airspace by a Polish helicopter are “an outright lie and provocation.” He said that DORSZ investigated the situation, and “data from reports and radar records indicate that no such incident has occurred.”

Earlier, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Paweł Jabłoński commented on the matter on Polsat News.

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– We will analyze the situation, but we must approach this type of statements from the Belarusian services with great caution, because they are a direct extension of the Lukashenko regime – said Jabłoński. As he said, “what they (Belarusian services – ed.) say is usually not based on the truth, and they have a political goal to achieve.” He stated that “this goal is most often to act unfriendly towards Poland, because they treat us as an unfriendly country.”

Main photo source: Jakub Kaczmarczyk/PAP



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