Poland declares state of emergency on Belarus border

“The situation on the border with Belarus is difficult and dangerous,” [President Andrzej] Duda’s spokesman, Błażej Spychalski, told a news conference on Thursday.

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He added that his country was responsible not only for its own borders, but also those of the European Union as a whole.

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“We are under real threat, both in terms of the migration flows orchestrated by” Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko, “but also because of upcoming Russian-Belarusian military exercises, which pose a real danger.”

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EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson has said the standoff between Poland and Belarus “is not a migration issue, but part of the aggression” of Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko “toward Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, with the aim to destabilize” the European Union.

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‘Real threat’ at Belarus border: Polish gov’t spokesman

[Piotr] Müller told TVP 1 that Poland was prepared for a scenario where the situation could “heat up, with some apparently accidental events potentially taking place at the Polish, Lithuanian or Latvian border” during the Zapad 2021 maneuvres.

“We saw what happened in Crimea, Georgia and eastern Ukraine,” Müller said.

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Interior minister vows to protect Poles amid Belarus border crisis

Mariusz Kamiński spoke after President Andrzej Duda declared a state of emergency in parts of two Polish regions, Podlaskie and Lubelskie, bordering the former Soviet republic.

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“We won’t tolerate any risk to the safety of our citizens, especially those living near the Belarus border,” he added.

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Given that “highly emotional” people are in charge “on the other side,” Poland must be “ready for any scenario and provocation,” he said.

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Makei comments on state of emergency along Belarusian-Polish border

Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei commented on Poland’s introduction of the state of emergency along the Belarusian border as he talked to reporters on 2 September, BelTA has learned.

“Nothing was introduced when floods happened in the past or when the pandemic engulfed entire Poland. But as soon as 32 refugees appeared near the border, Poland introduced a state of emergency. The refugees probably represent a huge threat for Poland,” the Belarusian minister of foreign affairs noted with irony.