On Monday evening, the prime ministers of Poland, Latvia and Lithuania discussed the situation on the border with Belarus. As the head of the Latvian government, Krishjanis Karinsh, wrote in social media, “the EU must accelerate work on adopting more tough sanctions against the Lukashenka regime.” “Lukashenka’s contempt for international law reaches a new, dangerous level,” said Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Shimonyte.
“We are working closely with Prime Minister Ingrida Shimonyte and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki to ensure the security of the European Union’s external borders. The EU must accelerate work on adopting more tough sanctions against the Lukashenka regime,” wrote Kriszjanis Karinsz.
Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Szimonyte noted that “it is frightening to see Belarusian officials pushing migrants towards the Polish border.” “Lukashenka’s contempt for international law reaches a new, dangerous level. I am talking to Prime Ministers Morawiecki and Karinsh to coordinate our activities and discuss the need for international support,” she informed.
Talks of the prime ministers of Poland, Lithuania and Latvia
On Monday evening, the Chancellery of the Prime Minister announced that Morawiecki had videoconference with the prime ministers of two Baltic states. The government spokesman Piotr Mueller also informed about the conversation earlier. Earlier on Monday, the governments of the Baltic countries, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and Greece expressed their solidarity and support for Poland’s activities on the border with Belarus.
“At a time when the Lukashenka regime is stepping up its hybrid attacks on the European Union’s external border, the EU must respond and strongly support Poland and other affected countries. The EU must accelerate work on additional sanctions [przeciwko Białorusi – red.] and co-finance the strengthening of its external borders, wrote Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkeviczs.
The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen in a statement released on Monday, it called on member states to finally approve an extended system of sanctions against the Belarusian authorities responsible for this hybrid attack.
Charles Michel, the head of the European Council, called on the Belarusian authorities to respect international law and stressed that the EU would not accept any attempts to instrumentalise migrants for political purposes.
Migration crisis on the border with Belarus
On Monday, the media reported in the morning about a large group of migrants heading towards the border with Poland. Around 1 p.m., the Ministry of the Interior and Administration announced that an attempted illegal crossing of the border by a large group of people had been prevented. Later, the Ministry of National Defense informed about further attempts to cross the border, publishing on Twitter recordings showing how a group of migrants was destroying border security, throwing them, inter alia, at the border. logs, and one man cuts the wire with scissors.
Spokesman for the Minister of Special Services Coordinator Stanisław Żaryn He stressed in a statement released in the afternoon that the situation on the border was the result of a deliberate escalation of tensions by Belarus, and that migrant groups were fully controlled by the Belarusian services and military that coordinated these activities.
Main photo source: Chancellery of the Prime Minister