Poland offers humanitarian aid to migrants on border with Belarus

Source : 112 Ukraine

Polish side is ready to immediately send a convoy with humanitarian aid
12:00, 23 August 2021

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Poland offered humanitarian aid to Belarusian migrants. The country is ready to provide them with material assistance right on the Polish-Belarusian border, the press center of the country's Foreign Ministry reports.

"Poland has made a request to the Belarusian side about current needs, stating its readiness to provide direct assistance, including, in particular, tents, beds, sleeping bags, blankets, pajamas, bedding, and personal hygiene products, as well as, if necessary, food and medicine," the message reads.

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The Foreign Ministry also notes that given the seriousness of the situation, the Polish side is ready to immediately send a convoy with humanitarian aid.

August 18, EU countries accused Belarus of conducting "a direct attack" by pushing asylum seekers across its border and, worried about the prospect of a surge of Afghan migrants, agreed they need to strengthen their external borders in the future. 

The European Union accuses Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko of orchestrating the arrival of thousands of people at the borders of Lithuania, Latvia, and Poland in retaliation for sanctions imposed on the former Soviet republic.

Interior ministers of the 27-nation EU said in a statement to be issued after an emergency meeting that Belarus was seeking to "instrumentalize human beings for political purposes".

Related: EU accuses Belarus of 'direct attack' over illegal migrants

The issue has become more acute in the light of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan that was completed on Sunday. Many Afghans are trying to flee the country, fearing reprisals.

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