Janusz Zemke, former deputy head of the Ministry of National Defense, commenting on the situation on the border in “Fakty po Faktach” stated that the president of Belarus “will intensify tensions, he will test how not only Poland, but the EU will respond to these threats”. General Mirosław Różański, president of the Stratpoints foundation and former General Commander of the Armed Forces, stated that Russia has a goal of rebuilding its position. – He wants to do it with the hands of Belarus to see how far he can go – he added.
According to information from Polish authorities and services, as well as videos posted by them in social media, from Monday a large group of migrants gathered on the border between Belarus and Poland, near the border crossing point Kuźnica Białostocka-Bruzgi, attempting to cross the border by force. The Ministry of National Defense informed the same afternoon that the Ministry of Interior and Administration services and soldiers had managed to stop the first mass attempt to cross the border. The migrants set up a camp in the Kuźnica region. They are guarded by the Belarusian services.
Therefore, an extraordinary session of the Sejm is held on this matter on Tuesday.
Gen. Różański: Russia wants to use Belarus to check NATO and the Union
Janusz Zemke commented on the situation on the border in “Fakty po Faktach” on TVN24, former secretary of state in the Ministry of National Defense and former chairman of the National Defense Committee and General Mirosław Różański, president of the Stratpoints foundation, former General Commander of the Armed Forces.
Gen. Różański said that in his opinion what is currently happening on the border is a plan that was not developed in Belarus, but in Moscow.
– Russia, wanting to rebuild its position, has already made such strong steps when it comes to Georgia or Ukraine, but there was such a situation that it was dealing with countries that do not belong to NATO. Poland is a country of the European Union and NATO. Today Moscow wants to do it with the hands of Belarus to see how far it can go, he said.
– I would not rule out that this escalation may lead to crisis situations. There are many young people, soldiers on our side. On the other hand, the desperation of Belarusians is enormous and it is possible that they even want to lead to a situation where there will be an event, even with the use of weapons, that would give the Belarusian side an argument that Poles do not comply with the law, for example in the use of weapons, the general continued.
– And this would probably be the worst scenario that could indicate that we are not able to secure our border and we even go to such situations with the use of weapons, and there are nearly 12,000 soldiers there today – he said.
Zemke: Lukashenka will increase these tensions
Zemke said that in his opinion, “Lukashenka will intensify these tensions, he will test how not only Poland, but the EU will respond to these threats.” He admitted that he was afraid that after unsuccessful attempts to cross the border by force, migrants might do so in larger groups and in many places. – Unfortunately we are not, unfortunately, at the moment when this conflict begins to fade away, we should expect that it will last longer – he said.
– For now, the tension on the border is in the interest of Belarus, unless the Belarusian government realizes that economic sanctions and other EU actions mean that this attack does not pay off – added the TVN24 guest.
State of emergency
Since the spring, the number of attempts to illegally cross the Belarusian border with Lithuania, Latvia and Poland by migrants from the Middle East, Africa and other regions has increased sharply. The EU and its member states believe that this is the result of the deliberate actions of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s regime, which instrumentally uses migrants in response to sanctions.
From September 2, due to the migratory pressure in 183 localities in the voivodeship Podlaskie and Lubelskie, adjacent to the border with Belarus, a state of emergency is in force. A dam is to be built on the border with Belarus in the first half of 2022.
When reporting on the events at the border, the media can use almost exclusively official government recordings and information. Journalists have no access to the area under the state of emergency.
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