POlens President Andrzej Duda has made serious allegations against Belarus in view of the tense situation in the border area. The migrants at the border would be blocked by the Belarusian side so that they could not leave the area, the Polish head of state said on Tuesday. The Belarusian regime is attacking the border of Poland and the EU in an “unprecedented way” by de facto inviting migrants into the country and pushing them to the Polish-Belarusian border, Duda said.
On Monday, according to Polish authorities, larger groups of migrants on the Belarusian side near the Kuznica border crossing, which has now been closed, tried in vain to break through the fence. According to Duda, there were several thousand people – mostly young men – who were obviously being controlled by the Belarusian side. The migrants were led from the road into the forest so that they could attack the border at a point without a border crossing, said Duda, who cited video material.
Duda: At first there is no need to support NATO
The situation on the Polish-Belarusian border is currently under control, assured Duda. Accordingly, there were sufficient border guards, soldiers and police on site. Support from NATO is initially not necessary, said Duda, who stated that he was in constant contact with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in this regard.
The Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki had previously written on Twitter that “the stability and security of the entire EU” was at stake due to the influx of migrants. Poland will not be intimidated and will “defend peace in Europe together with our partners from NATO and the EU”.
The government in Warsaw and the EU accuse the authoritarian Belarusian ruler Alexandr Lukashenko of having people flown in from crisis regions such as Afghanistan and Iraq in order to smuggle them into the EU. The Minsk government rejects the allegations.
In view of the worsening situation on the EU’s external border with Belarus, Lithuania wants to impose a state of emergency in the border region for one month. The government of the Baltic EU country submitted a resolution to the parliament in Vilnius for approval on Tuesday.
The cabinet is following a proposal by Interior Minister Agne Bilotaite. The state of emergency should therefore apply from midnight along the border with Belarus and five kilometers inland and in the migrant shelters in Kybartai, Medininkai, Pabrade, Rukla and Vilnius. Riots broke out there on Monday – tear gas was used in a camp.
“We are watching what is going on on the Polish-Belarusian border, and of course that means we can expect similar invasions and attacks,” said Bilotaite. She justifies her proposal to declare a state of emergency to respond to this by strengthening the security of the borders. The Lithuanian Interior Minister wanted to discuss the situation at the border with the German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) on Tuesday.
In view of the influx of refugees from Belarus to the Polish border, Seehofer himself asked the EU states to support Poland and Germany. “We have to help the Polish government secure the external border,” he told the Bild newspaper. “That would actually be the task of the EU Commission. I now appeal to them to take action. “
German police officers on the border with Belarus?
Seehofer welcomed the construction of the border wall by Poland. “I also say that we need the structural security of the borders. We also have to publicly support the Poles. We cannot criticize them for protecting the EU’s external border with permissible means. ”Although there should be no use of firearms, there are other options. He accused Lukashenko of having “purposefully created and used” images of refugees and children fleeing at the border. Belarusian state media had previously published photos and videos of people gathered around campfires and children lying in sleeping bags on the ground in the forest area.
The parliamentary state secretary in the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Stephan Mayer (CSU), discussed the use of German police officers to secure the Belarusian-Polish border. “We are offering Poland every help to repel the attack on the border with Belarus,” he told the Bild newspaper. “Germany could also send police forces to Poland for support very quickly if Poland wanted to.”
SPD general secretary Lars Klingbeil told the Bild-Zeitung that the states of the European Union had to work together to “ensure that no more new refugees came”. “We have to clearly communicate in the countries where they come from that they have no chance of coming to Germany this way.”
The editors rbb24 Recherche reported, with reference to information from the Federal Police, that 308 criminal proceedings against smugglers in connection with illegal migration via Belarus had been initiated in Germany since August 1st. According to this, two thirds of the traffickers found are foreign nationals. Among the arrested were 69 Iraqi, 67 Syrian, 36 Ukrainian, 24 Georgian and 22 Polish nationals, it was said. Criminal proceedings have been initiated against them.
In the current year, according to the Federal Police, 8833 unauthorized entries related to Belarus were found. The migrants had previously traveled to Belarus and from there entered the EU via Poland.