PARIS — Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki described the migrant disaster on the border with Belarus as the best menace to the EU for 3 many years.
He tweeted Sunday that Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko “launched a hybrid warfare towards the EU. That is best try to destabilize Europe in 30 years.”
European international locations accuse Lukashenko of weaponizing migrant flows in an try to put stress on the EU. Relations with Minsk have been strained because the disputed Belarus presidential election in August 2020. The EU imposed a number of sanction packages on Minsk following the repression of post-election protests, the hijacking of a European airliner in Could 2021, and the facilitation of migrant flows to the border with Poland.
In an interview with the BBC, Lukashenko didn’t deny that his forces have been serving to migrants attain the Polish border.
“Our guys are serving to the migrants get into Polish territory? It’s completely attainable. I believe that’s completely attainable,” Lukashenko stated.
Morawiecki is on a European tour to drum up assist for Poland not solely to cease migrants from crossing the border but in addition for different elements of the hybrid warfare he says is being waged towards Europe, together with Belarusian threats to disrupt gasoline provides to Europe. He kicked it off Sunday with a gathering in Tallinn along with his Estonian counterpart Kaja Kallas.
“We see no indicators of enchancment concerning hybrid assault at #EU border. With coherent actions and messages, we stand for European safety — sanctions should enter into pressure and diplomatic stress will proceed,” Kallas tweeted after a joint presser with Morawiecki.
In a Fb publish on Saturday, the Polish prime minister stated he was touring to Lithuania and Latvia on Sunday to fulfill along with his counterparts and talk about the border scenario. He additionally plans to go to different European capitals within the coming weeks.
After Morawiecki’s journey to Lithuania, Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė stated: ”We categorical our solidarity with Poland that’s at present experiencing the best load in withstanding Lukashenko’s hybrid assault on the EU.”
“Though we see some optimistic indicators within the return of migrants to their international locations of origin, the assault organized by the Minsk regime is, sadly, nonetheless persevering with. Due to this fact, it’s particularly necessary to additional enhance the stress and sanctions on Minsk till the scenario modifications considerably,” Šimonytė stated, in response to her workplace.
Morawiecki additionally launched a YouTube video on Sunday titled “#WeDefendEurope” wherein he accuses Lukashenko, “with the backroom assist of [Russian President] Vladimir Putin” of waging a hybrid warfare towards the EU, and makes an impassioned plea for assist.
“I need to guarantee you Poland is not going to yield to blackmail … Allow us to stand collectively, allow us to defend Europe,” Morawiecki stated.