- Borislav Ivanov
Crisis on the Poland-Belarus border
There have been escalating tensions on the Polish-Belarus border, after Polish officials accused its neighbor of assisting in the movement of migrants toward the border and warned that tens of thousands of more military soldiers had been recruited to deal with any clashes.
The director of the Polish border guard stated on Monday evening that groups of individuals were attempting to breach the border, the latest in a weeks-long migrant crisis at the frontier.
Warsaw claimed it had deployed more soldiers, border guards, and police, while Lithuania said it was considering declaring a state of emergency along its border with Belarus. Poland claimed it had resisted the migrants' initial efforts to enter the border on Monday.
Earlier on Monday, Poland's military ministry tweeted that "a group of migrants is now situated near to Kuznica." Aerial images of big groups congregating on the Belarussian side of the border accompanied the post. Later, the ministry added: "Migrants have currently established a camp in the Kuznica district. Belarusian security agencies are continuously on the lookout for them."
According to the Belarus State Border Committee, which is in charge of the country's external borders, the migrants near the border want to enter Poland as refugees and do not constitute a security danger.
In recent weeks, an increasing number of individuals have been illegally entering Poland's border with Belarus. According to Tokarczyk, around 30,000 migrants have attempted to enter the nation since August.
Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko has previously been accused by the Prime Ministers of neighboring Poland, Latvia, and Lithuania of fomenting a migrant problem on the border, prompting Poland to pass legislation in October to build a wall along its border with Belarus.
EU authorities have also accused Belarus of inciting individuals to illegally enter into Poland and other European Union countries in order to put pressure on the bloc over the broad sanctions imposed on Minsk in June. The sanctions were imposed by the EU, the United States, and the United Kingdom in reaction to the Lukashenko government's forced landing of a Ryanair flight and the detention of an opposition journalist on board, as well as "continued persecution" in the former Soviet state.
The Belarusian government has repeatedly denied creating a migrant issue, blaming the West for border crossings and migrant treatment. CNN has requested reaction from the Belarusian government.
Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesperson, backed Minsk's handling of the migrant crisis on Monday, saying Belarus was taking all required steps to act lawfully.
According to charities, refugees endure arduous conditions as they attempt to cross the border from Belarus in frigid temperatures, with little food and medical treatment.
According to Polish officials, seven refugees were discovered dead on the Polish side of the border, with rumors of further deaths in Belarus.
Humanitarian organizations also accuse Poland's ruling nationalists of breaching the international right to asylum by deporting migrants to Belarus rather than accepting their claims for asylum. Poland claims that its acts are legal.