The European Union will impose new sanctions on persons and entities in Belarus in the coming days amid the escalating crisis over migrants stranded on Poland's border, the bloc's top diplomat Josep Borrell has said.
Josep Borrell, the EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, told a debate at the European Parliament on Wednesday that the bloc is dealing with a potential new migration route due to the migrant crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border.
At the request of Poland, the European Union in a Friday statement condemned the alleged Russian cyberattacks that targetted the member states.
The EU's high representative for foreign affairs expressed support for Poland, Lithuania and Latvia on Friday in connection with migrationary pressure caused by a "cynical exploitation of migrants and refugees" by Belarus.
A number of EU member states have expressed solidarity with Poland after a recent spate of cyber-attacks against Polish politicians, the Polish ambassador at the EU has said.
The spokesperson for Alexander Lukashenko, the president of Belarus, has attributed the freeing of three Belarusian-Polish activists to the intervention of Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan's first independent president.
A Polish deputy foreign minister has declared that Poles living in Belarus, who are in need of aid, will never be left alone, and that Poland's main goal is to make Belarus release all arrested Poles.
The EU will impose more sanctions on the Belarusian government for its persecution of the country's Polish minority, EU High Representative Josep Borrell said on Monday in Brussels.
EU-Russia relations, Belarus and transatlantic ties dominated the EU foreign ministers' Monday talks in Brussels, with Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau representing Poland.
A senior Polish official has condemned a recent visit by Josep Borrell, the EU’s foreign policy chief, to Moscow as a disaster for the concept of European strength and unity.