Wednesday, January 26

The NATO emergency article (never used during the 20th century) that Poland wants to turn to in the face of the migrant crisis with Belarus

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Armed troops from Poland on the border with Belarus.

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Poland has mobilized thousands of men to the border to prevent the entry of migrants from Belarus.

It is an exceptional measure that has only been invoked a handful of times and only applies in emergency situations.

The Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, announced this Sunday that he is in talks with the governments of Lithuania and Latvia on the possibility of invoking Article 4 of the NATO Treaty, with a view to addressing the existing crisis on its border with Belarus.

Since last August, thousands of men, women and children have been gathering on Belarus’ western border with Poland. Most are migrants from Iraq, Syria and Yemen who traveled from their countries by plane to Minsk, hoping to then be able to cross to the border to request asylum in the European Union (EU).

Both the EU and NATO they have accused Belarus of using migrants as a political weapon.

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