Poland wants to permanently fortify its border with Belarus. The barbed wire on the border with Belarus will be replaced by a permanent fortification. The relevant project was approved by Polish government on Tuesday evening. It is reported by Polskie radio.
"The plan is to build a solid, high barrier that will be equipped with a surveillance system and motion detectors,” Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski said.
It now has to be approved by Polish Parliament. The national conservative ruling party PiS no longer has a majority there, but a positive vote is still likely.
The government in Warsaw has accused the Belarusian ruler, Alexander Lukashenko, of bringing refugees from crisis regions to the EU’s external border in an organized manner. Lukashenko announced at the end of May that his country would no longer prevent migrants from continuing to travel to the EU – in response to tightened Western sanctions.
Poland started building a temporary fence along the border with Belarus at the end of August. This is a barbed wire barricade about 2.50 meters high, which is being erected by soldiers of the Polish army.
This is now to be replaced by the construction of a permanent fortification. Polish government officials speak of a “barrier” or “lock” – they avoid the word “wall”. A budget of the equivalent of 366 million euros is planned for the project. The Polish border guards are supposed to supervise the construction.