Belarus Denounces Poland's Deployment of 10,000 Soldiers to Border
Following the influx of migrants, Poland deploys 10,000 soldiers on its common border with Belarus, and Minsk considers it a violation of their bilateral agreements.
The Belarusian Ministry of Defense said that Poland's deployment of 10,000 soldiers near the common border without notifying the Belarusian side is a “violation of bilateral additional agreements on regional confidence and security measures."
"According to the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Belarus, the deployment of 10,000 Polish servicemen at the Polish-Belarusian border, which was announced by the national defense minister of the Republic of Poland on 25 October 2021, is a significant military activity," the ministry said on Telegram.
Furthermore, the ministry dismissed Warsaw's complaints about border violations and Belarusian servicemen's “alleged involvement in the migration crisis as groundless, accusing the Polish authorities of politicizing the situation.”
On his part, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki warned that the unprecedented influx of migrants from Belarus "threatens the security of the European Union as a whole."
Morawiecki said that "the closure of the Polish borders is in our national interest, but the stability and security of the entire European Union is at stake”.
Polish President Andrzej Duda has lately called for an urgent meeting to discuss the situation at his country's borders with Belarus.
Putin and Lukashenko Talk About the Situation on the Belarus-Poland Border
Later today, during a phone discussion, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko, reviewed the situation about refugees at Belarus' borders with Poland and Lithuania, according to the Kremlin.
The presidents discussed the situation with refugees at the Belarusian-Polish and Belarusian-Lithuanian borders, according to a statement from the Kremlin.
Putin and Lukashenko both "reaffirmed their commitment" to mutually beneficial integration efforts.