The head of the Ministry of National Defense, Mariusz Błaszczak, announced that the number of soldiers on the Polish-Belarusian border would increase. – Migration pressure is still very high – he argued. He also announced that a law was being prepared that would be the basis for the construction of a permanent engineering dam on the border. Jarosław Kaczyński mentioned its construction last week.
Last weekend, Border Guard officers recorded about 1,300 attempts to illegally cross the border between Poland and Belarus. In total, since August, the Border Guard has prevented over 17,000 attempts to illegally cross the border.
On October 7, the deputy prime minister for security and PiS head Jarosław Kaczyński informed that due to the migratory pressure at the border, a “very serious dam” would be created, which “is really very difficult to cross”. – The European experience of many countries, such as Hungary or Greece, shows that this is the only effective method – he explained.
Błaszczak on the construction of a wall on the Polish-Belarusian border
The head of the Ministry of National Defense, Mariusz Błaszczak, spoke about the situation at the border in the “Signals of the Day” radio of Jedynka. – Migration pressure is still very high. The number of attempts to cross the border remains more or less at the same level, he said.
– Therefore, I decided to increase the number of soldiers who patrol the border and support the Border Guard. Yesterday, three thousand soldiers supported the Border Guard. This number will be greater, depending on the needs that will be determined by the Border Guard. We are doing everything to keep the border safe – he argued.
Błaszczak assured that the ministry was ready “to double this number on the spot”.
When asked about Kaczyński’s announcement regarding a “serious barrier” on the border, Błaszczak said that “a law is being prepared that will be the basis for the construction of a permanent engineering dam, and thus a border fence”.
He recalled the existing “temporary fence”, which – as he assessed – “slows down traffic at the border” and “limits the possibility of people who are being used by the Lukashenka regime to cross the border to lead to a migration crisis” .
Błaszczak said that Poland would benefit from Hungarian experience here. – Hungarians built a permanent fence on the border with Serbia. It is not that simple due to various legal conditions, but we will use these experiences – he explained.
“Dziennik Gazeta Prawna” announced on Tuesday that this week we can get to know the government’s draft special act on the construction of a dam on the Polish-Belarusian border. According to the newspaper, the government has secured an amount of PLN 500 million for this purpose in this year’s budget, with the possibility of spending these funds until mid-2022.
“The special act is to allow the completion of the construction of fortifications on the border on the one hand, and on the other hand – to maintain limited access to the border areas after the state of emergency ends” – it was reported.
State of emergency at the border
A state of emergency has been in force since September 2 in the border zone with Belarus (in 183 towns of the Podlaskie and Lubelskie voivodeships). It was introduced for 30 days under the ordinance of President Andrzej Duda, issued at the request of the Council of Ministers. On September 30, the Seym agreed to extend the state of emergency for another 60 days.
“Signals of the Day”, “Dziennik Gazeta Prawna”, tvn24.pl
Main photo source: Grzegorz Dąbrowski / Agencja Gazeta