The Polish authorities decided to build a fence using twisted barbed wire on the border with Belarus. About it stated on Monday at a briefing and on Twitter, the Minister of Defense of the Republic Mariusz Blaszczak.
“The decision to strengthen the border is based on the construction of a fence,” he said. – Work on the construction of the wall will begin this week. Its height will be 2.5 meters. It will be made of twisted wire stacked one on top of the other. “
According to the minister, “it will be a solid fence.” More soldiers will also be sent to guard the border. Now about a thousand military personnel are involved. This number is planned to be doubled, transfers TASS.
The total length of the Polish-Belarusian border is 418 km. As reported last week by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the republic, until now the barbed wire fence has been used to guard almost 100 km of the border in the area guarded by the Podlaska Border Guard Service. Against the background of the current migration crisis, the authorities announced their intention to further fence off another 50 km of the border section.
Earlier, Poland and Lithuania appealed to the European Union to apply tougher measures against Belarus in connection with the migration crisis in the region. The EU believes that the Belarusian authorities take migrants to the borders and force them to move to the territory of Lithuania and Poland. These actions in the European Union are called “hybrid aggression”.
Since the beginning of the year, more than 4 thousand illegal migrants have been detained at the Lithuanian-Belarusian border. This is almost 50 times more than in the entire 2020.
According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Poland, since the beginning of August, 2,100 attempts have been registered to illegally enter the country from the territory of Belarus. Last year there were 120 of them. The Border Guard prevented 1,350 border crossing attempts. 780 foreigners were detained and placed in closed centers.
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.