Presidential decision on state of emergency in next two days - aide

The Polish president could declare a state of emergency in areas near the Polish-Belarusian border within the next two days, the head of the president's office said on Wednesday.

Paweł Szrot told PAP that the president wanted to make a decision on the possible introduction of emergency laws as quickly as possible.

"The president's decision can be expected very soon, in the coming days. I mean more like in two days rather than five... This certainly won't be delayed more than is necessary," Szrot said.

He added that the state of emergency was discussed by the president at a Wednesday sitting of the National Security Bureau (BBN).

On Tuesday, the Polish government asked the president to declare a state of emergency in parts of two eastern provinces close to Poland's border with Belarus.

In recent weeks Poland, Lithuania and Latvia have observed increasing numbers of migrants crossing into their territories from Belarus. The three countries have accused Belarus of deliberately sending migrants to their borders in an effort to destabilise the EU.