The Prime Minister of Poland has blamed President Vladimir Putin of Russia for orchestrating a migration crisis along Belarus’s borderline with Poland. Belarus’ autocratic leader, a strong supporter of Putin, is creating the situation, according to Mateusz Morawiecki.
The Situation is Getting Serious
At least 2,000 immigrants are stranded at the frontier in subzero temperatures. Belarus’s president, Alexander Lukashenko, dismisses allegations the country is sending individuals across the border in retaliation for sanctions imposed by the European Union.
Just on the Belarusian section of a razor-sharp border barrier with Poland, a video clearly shows thousands of people. Bolt cutters, tree branches, and collective force are used by some to push their way past, as Polish soldiers fight them off with tear gas.
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The immigrants, largely from the Middle East and Asia, seem to be mostly young males; although, there are also children and women. They are camped in shelters just within Belarus, stuck between Polish and Belarus soldiers on one flank, and each other on the next.
Conditions at the frontier have dropped below zero nightly, and several individuals perished as a result in recent days.
“This operation Lukashenko is launching has its author in Moscow; the architect is President Putin,” Mr. Morawiecki said at an extraordinary congressional session on Tuesday, after meeting with troops on the border.
He charged Russian authorities, as well as Belarusian authorities, with attempting to destabilize the Euro Zone – of which neither country is a member – by enabling immigrants to transit through Belarus and into the EU.
People are Stuck in a Political Chess Game
Mr. Morawiecki described what happened as “a new sort of conflict in which individuals are used as political pawns.” He then claimed Poland is dealing with a “stage play” aimed at causing havoc in the EU.
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He went on to say this was the first time Poland’s border control had been “viciously assaulted” in 30 years. Poland sent more troops to the border and cautioned of an “armed” intensification, believing Belarus may try to instigate a conflict.
The country with the highest arrivals is Poland, particularly at its main border crossing Kuznica. In violation of international asylum laws, Poland has been accused of driving migrants back over the border into Belarus. Journalists and aid organizations are not permitted to enter the area.
“No one is allowing us in whatsoever, not even Belarus or Poland,” Iraqi Shwan Kurd, 33, told the media through video conference.
He explained how he landed in Minsk, Belarus’s seat of government, from Baghdad at the beginning of November. He now is living in a tent city, just meters from Poland’s barbed-wire boundary.
“There was no way out,” he declared. “Poland is refusing to let us in. They fly helicopters every night. We are not allowed to sleep. We’re starving. There is no food or water in this area. There are small children, elderly people, and families.”