Belarus is still forcing migrants to illegally cross the border with Poland as the Minsk government tries to destabilise its neighbour, the Polish defence minister has said.
Another group of Iraqis who had camped for weeks at the Belarus border with Poland, in the hope of entering the European Union, have been flown out of Belarus and back to Baghdad, a senior Polish security official said on Saturday.
When Angelina Bets was 17-years-old, a ‘terrifying’ encounter with the police made her realise she had no future in her homeland. Now 23, she is studying for a Master’s degree in International Trade Policy at Warsaw University.
Many Iraqis have decided to return home as they failed to cross the Polish border so evacuation flights have started taking them from the Belarusian capital, Minsk, to Baghdad, the spokesman for Poland's special services coordinator said on Tuesday.
Iryna Slaunikava, a representative of the Belarusian Belsat television funded by the Polish government, has been arrested at the Minsk airport, human rights activists have reported.
Poland asked Brussels to impose more sanctions on Minsk at a meeting of EU ambassadors in Brussels on Wednesday, PAP has learnt from its sources.
Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has accused Minsk and Moscow of masterminding the migrant crisis on the Poland-Belarus border.
The Sejm (lower house) has not annulled the president's ordinance introducing a state of emergency in areas close to the country’s Belarusian border owing to an alleged attempt by Belarus to destabilise Poland by pushing migrants across the border.
The Polish government can see that Moscow and Minsk are writing up scenarios that pose a threat to Poland's sovereignty, Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, said in parliament on Monday.
The Polish ambassador to the European Union has stated that the ongoing migration crisis at the Polish-Belarusian border has been planned and organised by the Belarusian authorities.