Poland may ban the transit of goods from Belarus through its territory in response to the migration crisis at the border created by the country's ruler, Alexander Lukashenko, Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki stated during a press conference following a meeting with Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas in Tallinn, Polskie Radio reports.
"Poland, yes, on the Polish side," Morawiecki said in response to a question about whether the Polish government was considering a complete cessation of goods between Poland and Belarus in order to cause economic damage to the regime of Alexander Lukashenko.
According to him, Poland's protection of its borders has proved effective, but the migrants have not yet returned home.
"According to a certain rule of escalation steps, we want to give Lukashenko the opportunity to return migrants to their countries of origin. First, we are closing one crossing in Kuźnia-Białystok," the prime minister explained.
He referred to video footage showing Belarusian security forces instructing Iraqi and other Middle Eastern migrants on how to attack Polish officers with a knife. The Polish side predicts that in such conditions the scenarios on the part of Belarus may be very radical. The actions of Belarusian services and officials could lead to a serious escalation at the border, the Polish prime minister is convinced.
As it was reported, on November 8 on the Polish-Belarusian border a large number of migrants was noticed. Because of this, the Polish government sent a large number of military to the borders. Soon the Belarusian security forces tried to push 35 people to the Polish border, and on November 13 they intended to break through the fence on the border with Poland with the help of a service car.
Later, the illegal migrants began to storm the Polish border in the area of Podlaskie Voivodeship. Migrants threw stones at border guards, but failed to cross the Polish border.