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Polish Prime Minister on migration crisis: It may divert attention from Russia's invasion of Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to the Polish president, Belarus uses migrants as a weapon
15:54, 18 November 2021

President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin
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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko are working to destabilize the situation in Western countries, thus diverting attention from a new full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki stated, Bild reports.

He expressed hope that international pressure on Belarus would pay off and the number of refugees in the neighboring republic would not increase - currently over 20,000 migrants are on Belarusian territory.

"We don't know what else [Putin and Lukashenko] are to engage in. It is possible that the border crisis is aimed at diverting attention from the new military attacks that Putin is preparing in Ukraine," Morawiecki said.

According to him, Belarus uses migrants as a weapon. The goal - Germany, France and the Netherlands. He expressed hope that, despite many obvious provocations from the Belarusian services, they would not go "too far."

Morawiecki noted that there are now over 15,000 people on the eastern border: soldiers, border guards and police.

As it was reported, on November 8, hundreds of migrants were seen at the Polish-Belarusian border. Therefore, the Polish government immediately pulled the soldiers on alert to the borders, and Lukashenko asked for help from Russian aviation to guarantee security at the country's borders.

According to the Polish border service, on the night of November 13, the Belarusian military tried to break through the fence on the border with Poland using a service car.

On November 15, it became known that Belarusian security forces are forcing migrants to cut a fence on the border with Poland and move on. After that, the Belarusian army began to gather a large number of migrants and its soldiers at the border.

In the evening of November 15, a group of illegal immigrants in Belarus again attempted to storm the Polish border near Podlaskie Voivodeship. Migrants threw stones and hit dozens of Polish police officers, border guards and soldiers but did not manage to cross the border.

Related: NATO Secretary General calls on Russia to reduce tensions on Ukrainian border

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