EU FMs support Greece in securing borders - Polish FM in Zagreb

"Poland has declared organisational support, border guards and police as well as financial aid," said Czaputowicz. Piotr Nowak/PAP

Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz told PAP on Friday that EU foreign ministers meeting in Zagreb approved the position supporting Greece's actions aimed at the protection of the EU's external borders.

A week ago, Turkey announced that it would no longer stop on its territory Syrian refugees trying to reach Europe. Since that moment, thousands of people have been trying to cross the Turkish-Greek land border while hundreds want to find their way to Greek islands.

"We have adopted the position supporting Greece as far as the protection of borders is concerned as well as Cyprus, Bulgaria and Western Balkan countries with regard to migration," Czaputowicz went on to say.

"Poland has declared organisational support, border guards and police as well as financial aid," he noted.

Czaputowicz also underlined that the philosophy presented by Hungarian PM Viktor Orban calling for the protection of borders and steps aimed at halting illegal migration had won, and that this was a clear change in comparison with the situation in 2015.

"The EU has been speaking less about refugee and human rights. It has been speaking about security," the Polish official said, adding that the EC had to focus now on the securing of EU's external borders and dialogue with Turkey. Attention was also paid to the possibility of delivering humanitarian aid to Syria," he said.

The meeting also focused on EU-Russia relations, Czaputowicz said, adding that, in his opinion, Moscow has now been destabilising the situation in northern Syria.

Czaputowicz admitted that various opinions had been voiced but underlined that it was agreed that it would be possible to sit down to talks with Russia when it started meeting international obligations, including the Minsk Agreement regarding the conflict in Ukraine.

Asked about the possibility of a uniform EU policy towards Russia, Czaputowicz said that there were two positions regarding this issue. The first concerned the possibility of involving Russia in general matters, like, for instance, climate. And the second one, presented by Poland, underlined the need for Russia to implement international obligations.