Polish PM calls for "concrete steps" from NATO amid Belarus border crisis

Source : 112 Ukraine

Poland, Lithuania and Latvia may ask for consultations under the alliance's treaty
13:10, 15 November 2021

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NATO must take "concrete steps" to resolve the migrant crisis on the Belarus border. This was stated by Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Voice of America reports.

According to him, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia may ask for consultations under the alliance's treaty.

"It is not enough just for us to publicly express our concern - now we need concrete steps and the commitment of the entire alliance," Mateusz Morawiecki said.

Under Article 4 of the NATO treaty, any ally can request consultations whenever, in the opinion of any of them, their territorial integrity, political independence or security is threatened.

Meanwhile, EU foreign ministers will widen sanctions on Belarus on November 15 to include airlines and travel agencies thought to involved in bringing migrants to the bloc's border, the European Union's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said.

The EU has accused Belarus of encouraging migrants to come to its territory and pushing thousands of them to cross into Poland and other neighbouring EU states in retaliation for sanctions already imposed on Minsk.

Two diplomats said on Thursday the EU is considering imposing sanctions on Belarus' main airport in a bid to make it more difficult for airlines to bring in migrants.

Related: EU admits complete closure of border with Belarus as part of new package of sanctions

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