On the second story, please to recall that Poland, under NATO obligations, was one of the main troop contributing countries for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.


Polish MPs back plan to build wall on Belarus border

The government this week adopted a bill to construct a “permanent barrier” along Poland’s eastern border with Belarus amid what officials said was a growing migrant surge.


“Despite the deployment of additional personnel and assistance from soldiers and police, as well as the use of temporary installations, we have not seen a decrease in the number of attempts to cross the Polish-Belarusian border,” [Interior Minister Mariusz] Kamiński said….

Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak told public broadcaster Polish Radio on Tuesday that Poland would draw on the experience of Hungary, which constructed a permanent wall on its border with Serbia during a migrant crisis in 2015.


Poland and the Baltic states have accused Belarus’ strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko of organising a wave of illegal migrants seeking to enter the bloc as part of what officials have called a “hybrid war.”

The EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, visited Poland in late September, agreeing with Warsaw’s arguments that “firm steps” were needed against Belarus, according to officials.


Poland summons Belarusian charge d’affaires after body found near border: Reuters

Poland’s foreign ministry summoned the Belarusian charge d’affaires on Thursday after Polish police found the body of a migrant near the border with Belarus.

It was the second time in a week that Aleksandr Czasnouski had been called in to answer questions about the situation at the frontier, where Poland has imposed a state of emergency following a surge in migrants from countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq trying to enter the European Union country via Belarus.