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Poland says Belarus border crisis may be prelude to ‘something worse’

WARSAW/VILNIUS, Nov 21 – Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki warned on Sunday that the migrant crisis on the Belarus border may be a prelude to “something much worse”, and Poland’s border guard stated Belarusian forces have been nonetheless ferrying migrants to the frontier.

The European Union accuses Belarus of flying in 1000’s of individuals from the Middle East and pushing them to cross into EU and NATO members Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, in response to European sanctions.

Minsk, which denies fomenting the crisis, cleared a migrant camp close to the border on Thursday and began to repatriate some individuals to Iraq, whereas Poland and Lithuania reported decrease numbers of makes an attempt to cross their borders in latest days.

But Morawiecki warned the crisis was removed from over as he toured Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia on Sunday to focus on the scenario.

A ballot revealed by Poland’s Rzeczpospolita every day on Sunday stated 55% of Poles are fearful the crisis on the border may escalate into an armed battle.

“I think that the things that unfold before our eyes, these dramatic events, may only be a prelude to something much worse,” Morawiecki stated in Vilnius.

People carry placards as they gather for a 'Support for the Defenders of Borders' demonstration in Bialystok, Poland.
People carry placards as they collect for a ‘Support for the Defenders of Borders’ demonstration in Bialystok, Poland.

He pointed to elevated Russian navy presence shut to Ukraine, in addition to in Belarus and Russia’s Kaliningrad enclave which borders Poland and Lithuania, as “an instrument which could be used directly for a direct attack”.

The scenario in Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover “may be used as the next stage of the migration crisis,” stated Morawiecki.

Calls for assist

Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte warned European companions to not ignore Belarus’ neighbours, after German Chancellor Angela Merkel twice referred to as Lukashenko searching for resolution of the humanitarian crisis.

Belarusian servicemen stand next to a barrier as migrants jostle to receive food outside the transport and logistics centre near the Belarusian-Polish border in the Grodno region, Belarus.
Belarusian servicemen stand subsequent to a barrier as migrants jostle to obtain meals outdoors the transport and logistics centre close to the Belarusian-Polish border within the Grodno area, Belarus.

“For us, it is very important that any talks (with Belarus) are coordinated with Lithuania, Poland and Latvia, which are at the forefront of the hybrid attack, and no decisions are taken which do not solve the situation fundamentally”, she stated after assembly with Morawiecki on Sunday.

France’s international minister stated on Sunday that Russia had to exert strain on its ally, Belarus, to finish the migrant crisis.

Forcibly introduced to border

Poland says Minsk continues to truck a whole lot of foreigners to the frontier, the place about 10 migrants are believed to have died with a frigid winter setting in.

“On Saturday … a group of about 100 very aggressive foreigners, brought to the border by Belarusian servicemen, tried to enter Poland by force,” the border guard stated on Twitter on Sunday.

Migrants rest under blankets during their stay at the transport and logistics centre Bruzgi on the Belarusian-Polish border in the Grodno region, Belarus.
Migrants relaxation below blankets throughout their keep on the transport and logistics centre Bruzgi on the Belarusian-Polish border within the Grodno area, Belarus.
by way of REUTERS

A dozen migrants from Iraq, talking with Lithuanian news portal DELFI over the border with Belarus on Saturday, stated they have been forcibly introduced there in navy vehicles by Belarus officers, who ignored their want to return to Iraq.

Hundreds of Poles took half in protests on Saturday to demand assist for the migrants. The Catholic church organized a fundraiser on Sunday to acquire cash for these in want on the border and assist the mixing of refugees who will keep in Poland.

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