The facts of “pushing out” migrants by the Belarusian security forces to the territory of Poland are confirmed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the country. “Over the past day, the Polish Border Service prevented 138 illegal migrants from entering the country, who were pushed out by Belarusian border guards. 8 people were detained “, – it says in the message of the department.
Among those who tried to cross the border were citizens of Iraq and Afghanistan.
“In Usnag-Gurny, Belarusian border guards tried to ‘squeeze’ about 50 people into Poland, including women and children,” the Ministry of Internal Affairs added.
Since the beginning of August alone, Polish border guards have prevented 1,175 border crossing attempts. “760 foreigners were detained and placed in closed centers,” the Interior Ministry said. In total, 1,935 people tried to violate the border.
To strengthen the protection of the border with Belarus, army units are sent there. This was announced by the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs and Administration of Poland Maciej Wonsik. “The border has been strengthened. The border guards are supported by more than 900 servicemen of the Polish Army “, – wrote he’s on Twitter. In addition, the Polish border guard plans to build additional fences on the border with Belarus. The length of the fence in the area guarded by the Podlaska Border Guard will be 50 km. The existing fence covers 100 km of the border.
Formerly the State Border Guard Service of Lithuania statedthat the border guards of Belarus pushed a group of illegal migrants into the territory of Lithuania, and then crossed the border themselves. In the video published, migrants are trying to break through the cordon of the Lithuanian border guards, and behind the illegal immigrants there is a dense line of Belarusian security officials with shields and in protective gear.
After repeated warnings, the border guards of Belarus returned to their side. In total, the Lithuanian border service recorded 12 Belarusian border guards who were pushing 35 migrants from Iraq to the territory of a neighboring state. Lithuanian Interior Minister Agne Bilotaite announced a decision to strengthen border security. According to her, Lithuania does not intend to “endure such an impudent provocation.”
The European Union came to the conclusion that Minsk is deliberately creating conditions for a large-scale migration crisis in the EU. This was announced on Tuesday by German Chancellor Angela Merkel after talks with her Estonian counterpart Kaia Kallas in Berlin. According to Merkel, Alexander Lukashenko uses migrants from Asia and Africa to undermine security in Europe.
“President Lukashenko uses refugees, in particular from Iraq, in a hybrid way to question security. We, of course, condemn this in the strongest possible terms. […] This hybrid confrontation used by Belarus is an attack on all of us in the European Union, not just one country. And we completely agree on this, ”said Angela Merkel.
Formerly, the Dossier Center of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and the German edition of Der Spiegel published documents confirming that the Belarusian authorities were involved in the migration crisis in Lithuania. The transportation of Iraqi citizens to the Belarusian-Lithuanian border was carried out with the participation of the state travel company Tsentrkurort, which is part of the Office of the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. It is assumed that the flow of migrants is used by the Belarusian authorities to blackmail European countries, which are imposing sanctions against Minsk for suppressing the opposition and repression.
On August 9, Alexander Lukashenko announced that Belarus is ready to continue to receive tourists from the UAE, Turkey, Syria, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan, explaining this for economic reasons. At the same time, he denied accusations of organizing illegal migration.