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    “Optimistic scenarios are no longer realistic”

    Everything points to the fact that the optimistic scenarios regarding the actions of Belarus and the migration pressure are no longer realistic and will continue to escalate – assessed Deputy Foreign Minister Piotr Wawrzyk. He added that Belarusian services may take an active part in the crossing of the border by migrants. Earlier, the Territorial Defense Forces reported on Twitter that there was a stir at a campsite in the Kuźnica area.

    The deputy head of Polish diplomacy was asked on Polish Radio 24 whether Sunday night could be particularly restless at the border, according to reports from Polish services.

     

    According to the Border Guard, the Belarusian side is preparing for a major attempt to push the border. As reported, further groups of armed officers are reaching the area of the campsite in Kuźnica, and the migrants received from the Belarusian service, among others, gas.

     

    Wawrzyk indicated that, based on these reports, that is what can be concluded. “The question is whether it’s just the night or also the day,” he added.

     

    “Unfortunately, it looks like these optimistic scenarios are already unrealistic and that there will be an escalation,” the Deputy Minister stressed, pointing out that more migrants are being drawn to the border with Poland from Belarusian cities. He added that Belarusian services are equipping them with tear gas and stones.

     

    According to the deputy head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, one can also expect active participation of Belarusian services in helping the migrants to push through the border.

     

    “Based on the information so far, I know that unfortunately, it will be rather this active participation, i.e., cutting through walls, ramming fences by vehicles with which we have already had to deal,” he said.

     

    Since spring, the number of attempts by migrants from the Middle East, Africa, and other regions to illegally cross Belarus’ borders with Lithuania, Latvia, and Poland has increased sharply. The EU and the Member States stress that this is the result of deliberate actions by Alexander Lukashenko’s regime, which uses migrants instrumentally in response to sanctions.

     

    Since 2 September, due to the migration pressure in the border zone with Belarus, in 183 towns of Podlaskie and Lubelskie Voivodeships the state of emergency has been in force. This has to do with migratory pressure from Belarus, which the EU says is waging a hybrid war using migrants.

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