Poland says The border crisis in Belarus could be a harbinger of “something worse”

WARSAW/VILNIUS, Nov. 21 (Reuters) – Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki warned on Sunday that the migrant crisis on the border met Belarus could be a harbinger of “something much worse”, and the Polish Border Guard said Belarusian troops are still bringing migrants to the border.

The European Union accuses Belarus of flying in thousands of people from the Middle East and inciting them over to the EU and NATO members Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, in response to European sanctions.

Minsk, which denies fueling the crisis, cleared a migrant camp near the border on Thursday and started to repatriate a bit people to Iraq, while Poland and Lithuania reported lower numbers of attempts to exceed their limits in recent days.

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But Morawiecki warned that the crisis was far from it over as he toured Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia on Sunday to discuss the situation.

An opinion poll published by the Polish daily Rzeczpospolita on Sunday said 55% of Poles are concerned over the crisis on the border could escalate into armed conflict.

“I think things die unfold for our . eyes, this dramatic events, might just be a prelude to something much worse,” Morawiecki . said in Vilnius.

He pointed to increased Russian military presence in near Ukraine, as well as in Belarus and the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, die borders Poland and Lithuania, as “an instrument that can be used” directly for a direct attack”.

The situation in Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover “can be used as the next phase of the migration crisis,” says Morawiecki.

CALLS FOR SUPPORT

Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte warned European partners not to ignore Belarus’ neighbors after German Chancellor Angela Merkel twice called Lukashenko looking for solution of the humanitarian crisis.

“In front of us, it is very important that any calls (with Belarus) are coordinated with Lithuania, Poland and Latvia, die walk ahead of the hybrid attack, and no decisions be taken die not solve the situation fundamentally,” she said after her meeting with Morawieckic on Sunday.

France’s Abroad minister said on Sunday that Russia had to exert pressure on ally, Belarus, to end the migrant crisis.

FORCE BROUGHT TO THE BORDER

Poland says Minsk stays truck hundreds of foreigners to the border, where about 10 migrants are said to have died with an icy winter environment in.

“On Saturday . a group of about 100 very aggressive foreigners, brought to the border by Belarusian military, tried to enter Poland by force’ said the border guard on Twitter on Sunday.

A dozen migrants from Iraq speak with Lithuanian news portal DELFIA over the border with Belarus on Saturday, she said there met brought violence? in military trucks by Belarusian officials, who ignored them wish to go back to Iraq.

hundreds of Poland took part in protests on Saturday to demand help for the migrants. The Catholic Church organized a fundraiser on Pick up on Sunday money for die in need at the border and support the integration of refugees who will stay in Poland.

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Reporting by Anna Wlodarczak-Semczuk in Warsaw and Andrius Sytas in Vilnius; Editing by Kirsten Donovan and Raissa Kasolowsky

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