The Polish’s defence minister has said a Nato exercise now underway in Poland demonstrates that an attack on the alliance by Russia “will not pay off”.
About 2,000 troops from the Visegrad countries as well as those from the US and the UK are taking part in the Puma-22 military exercise starting in Nowa Dęba, southeastern Poland, on Friday.
Poland is among nine countries hosting the Defender Europe 2022 (DE22) and Swift Response 2022 (SR22), large-scale US Army-led, multinational, joint military exercises held from May 1 to May 27, the defence ministry said in a statement on Sunday.
A Polish deputy minister of foreign affairs has said that the joint Russian-Belarusian military exercises being held near a large migrant camp are an attempt to “heighten tensions.”
Belarusian and Russian airborne units are taking part in joint military exercises organised near an area where a large group of migrants are camped on the Belarusian side of the border with Poland.
Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, has said the Zapad-2021 military exercises taking place in Russia and Belarus lie behind the declaration of a state of emergency in areas of land adjacent to the Belarusian border.