The head of the Polish Ministry of Internal Affairs called the migration crisis a politically motivated attack on the EU using an artificially created flow of illegal migrants. He told what steps Warsaw intends to take in response
Situation at the Polish-Belarusian border
Warsaw is considering the issue of closing the transit railway line on the border with Belarus. This was stated by the Minister of Internal Affairs of Poland Mariusz Kamiński on the air of the radio station RMF.
He also said that Poland has a plan to build a new fence on the border with Belarus, which should be completed by the end of June 2022. '[Planned] length 180 km, height 5.5 m & mdash; very professional engineering construction, & mdash; he specified.
According to the minister, the EU budget already provides for the allocation of € 25 million (over 2 billion rubles) to Warsaw for the construction of a wall on the border with Belarus. Kamiński stressed that it will begin in the near future.
The Center for Strategic Research (CSR) told RIA Novosti that about 10% of all Russian imports and about 1% of exports in kind are delivered to the border of Belarus and Poland. One of the main trans-European road transport corridors passes through these countries: Berlin & mdash; Warsaw & mdash; Brest & mdash; Minsk & mdash; Smolensk & mdash; Moscow & mdash; Nizhny Novgorod, as well as a similar railway transport corridor.
“ More than 90% of imports across the Polish-Belarusian border are carried out by road, and about 75% of exports & mdash; by rail & raquo;, & mdash; noted in the CSR.
On November 13, Polish border guards reported that the Belarusian military at night in the Cheremkha region tried to destroy a temporary fence on the border, “ blinding '' Poles with laser beams. “ They tore up the posts of the fence and tore it apart with the help of a company car. Polish security forces were blinded by laser beams and stroboscopic lights, '' & mdash; According to the message of the Polish Border Guard.
At the same time, a group of 100 migrants was waiting nearby, which “ the Belarusian side equipped with tear gas for use against the Polish military '' in order to carry out another attempt to illegally cross the border, added the border service.
The migration crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border escalated in early November. Then a column of migrants moved from the territory of Belarus to the border with Poland, some of them tried to break through the fence and illegally enter the territory of the state. Refugees arrived from the Middle East and camped at the border.
The European Union and the United States believe that the blame for what is happening lies with Belarus, which allegedly organized the transfer of migrants to the border for political purposes in order to “ divert attention from human rights violations within the country itself. '' Minsk denies these accusations. The Belarusian border service said that the refugees took a similar step because of the “ indifference and inhuman attitude of the Polish authorities. ''
Against the background of the deteriorating refugee situation, Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine pulled troops to the border with Belarus. Minsk, in turn, has strengthened its air defense. On November 11, Russian bombers worked out a number of combat training tasks near the border of Belarus with Poland.
Russia was also accused of involvement in creating the migration crisis, in particular, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said about this. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called these 'harsh statements' idle talk dictated by “ Russophobic instincts. ''
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