Friday, May 27

Groups of migrants cross the border between Belarus and Poland

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki during Tuesday's session in parliament.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki during Tuesday’s session in parliament.

Several dozen migrants have crossed the border between Belarus and Poland by managing to break the fences near the Polish municipalities of Krynki and Bialowieza, according to a spokesman for the Polish border forces to the local station of the city Bialystok.

The spokesman has indicated that in both cases the migrants have knocked down the fences and there have been moments of violence, while some of those who have tried to cross have been intercepted and returned to Belarusian territory and others have managed to flee.

The tensions between Belarus and Poland They have been increasing in recent weeks due to the increasing migratory flow from Belarusian soil towards the external borders of the EU.

The decision to open the borders has been seen by many as a retaliation for the sanctions imposed from Brussels against the Lukashenko Government in the wake of the post-election crisis that followed the August 2020 elections.

This same Monday, the Polish border authorities denounced more than 300 attempts to cross the border illegally. For its part, Minsk rejected on the same day the accusations from Warsaw about alleged border violations by agents of the Belarusian security forces, as well as criticized the EU for refusing to hold consultations on the migration and border crisis, something that is coming. asking since last April, according to the Belarusian Foreign Ministry spokesman Anatoli Glaz.

In addition, the Polish president, Andrzej Duda, denounced this Tuesday “an unprecedented massive hybrid attack“On the Polish border, something for which, however, they were” prepared “, he assured.

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Subsequently, the Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, has appeared before the Lower House of the Polish Parliament, known as Sejm, and has advanced that the Government will propose “tougher” sanctions against Belarus at the European Council meeting, the news portal collects. Interia.

The EU is already planning new sanctions, mainly against the state airline Belavia for the alleged transport of migrants to Belarus, reports the DPA news agency.

Morawiecki has also pointed out that the sanctions should increase the number of officials who are prohibited from entering, but also be economic. In addition, it has stressed that the head of Polish diplomacy, Zbigniew Rau, and the Minister of the Interior, Mariusz Kaminski, “are in talks with their EU counterparts precisely to carry out decisive action in relation to the airlines that they are used for the transfer of people from the countries of the Middle East. ”

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