December 7, 2021

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Lukashenko promised a tough response to the buildup of troops along the Belarusian border

According to Lukashenko, Poland found an excuse to move the armed forces near the border.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said Thursday that he and Russia will move more forcefully in response to the build-up of troops along Belarus’s western border. TASS reported this.

“The Poles will use Leopard tanks to fight illegal immigration on the border with Belarus. You might be surprised to hear that. I can’t imagine how the tanks will fight civilians. They are just looking for pretexts to bring their armed forces closer to our region,” Lukashenko said in a meeting with Russian Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov. “Borders, that is, the borders of the state of the Federation (Belarus and Russia)”.

We will respond to all this harshly. We will wait a little and then warn them. And then we must get closer to the borders – especially the Russian Federation. We will act harshly without looking at any criticism from their parties.

Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak announced Monday that Poland will increase the number of troops on the border with Belarus to 10,000 in order to prevent the influx of illegal immigrants into its territory.

Thousands of attempts to illegally cross the EU’s external borders

At the end of May, Lukashenko announced that Minsk would not prevent migrants from traveling to the European Union through Belarusian territory, in response to tougher Western sanctions. Since then, there have been reports of thousands of attempts to cross the EU’s external borders with Belarus and the German-Polish border illegally.

In an effort to solve the migration crisis, Poland declared a state of emergency on September 2 in the regions bordering Belarus, which was subsequently extended for 60 days in early October. Neither journalists nor humanitarian organizations have access to the border areas.

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At the same time, at the end of August, Polish troops began to build a 2.5 meter high barbed wire fence on the border with Belarus. The Polish government recently announced that it plans to replace the fence with a wall.