The Polish Defence Ministry has unveiled plans to bolster its security along the border with Belarus by deploying additional troops. The announcement, made on Tuesday, highlights the ministry’s commitment to fortifying the region amidst escalating concerns.
In response to a request from the Border Guard (SG), Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak has authorized the deployment of extra troops. Although precise troop numbers remain undisclosed, sources indicate that the SG had initially sought the deployment of around 1,000 soldiers.
Presently, approximately 2,000 military personnel are stationed along the border, working in tandem with hundreds of police officers and Border Guard officials. The decision to augment these forces comes in the wake of a series of attacks on Polish security personnel originating from Belarus.
As tensions continue to rise, apprehensions have grown that Belarusian authorities might instigate the movement of migrants across the border once more, reminiscent of the migration crisis witnessed in 2021. During that tumultuous period, a significant number of individuals attempted to breach Polish borders.
In an official statement, the Defence Ministry highlighted the fluid situation on the Polish-Belarusian border and underscored the Border Guard Commander’s appeal for heightened border protection. Consequently, the Ministry of National Defence has sanctioned the deployment of additional soldiers tasked with patrolling the Polish-Belarusian border and participating in the ‘Safe Podlasie’ operation.
Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Deputy Interior Minister Maciej Wasik shed light on the intricate web of illegal migration, asserting that the Belarusian Border Guards play a central role in orchestrating the process. Wasik emphasized, “Crossing the border would be virtually impossible without the involvement of Belarusian forces,” further advocating for an increased border presence.
The deployment of additional troops signals a strategic move by the Polish Defence Ministry to effectively manage and address the evolving security landscape along its border with Belarus. The decision underscores the country’s determination to safeguard its territorial integrity and maintain peace within its borders.