As the military conflict in Ukraine continues to escalate, and the need for peace talks draws urgent attention, another epicenter of the conflict is beginning to attract world attention.
Lithuania, Latvia and Poland are now said to be considering the possibility of a collective decision on a full border closure against Belarus, and will discuss its implementation before the end of the month.
Lithuanian authorities fear that Wagner PMC fighters may cross the Belarusian border disguised as ‘refugees, irregular migrants’ to ‘create some kind of disturbance’.
euronews informed of:
“Lithuania has closed two of its six crossing points along the border with Belarus amid tensions in the Baltic states and Poland over the presence of Wagner mercenaries in the country’s east.”
Belarus is bordered by Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine as well as Russia.
The Baltic states and Poland are discussing the possibility of closing the border entirely, which would cut Belarus off from any NATO country.
‘If such a decision is taken, it is important that it is not implemented by one country but by the entire region.’ [Internal Affairs Minister Bilotaite] he said, noting that she had already discussed the matter with her Polish counterpart.
Belarus, the other Baltic country that shares a border with Latvia, has a nearly identical climate. Latvia’s Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins calls it ‘proactive action’.
“We have seen that this summer the pressure from Belarus is not reducing, but is gradually increasing. Proactive action, both by border guards and involving the armed forces.
We simply increase our presence and send a clear signal to both our society and the Belarusian authorities that there will be no jokes here. It is not only the outer border of Latvia, it is also the outer border of the European Union. We have successfully protected it so far and will continue to do so.”
Latvian President Edgars Rinkewicz will meet Polish President Andrzej Duda for talks in Warsaw, as Poland plans to move an additional 10,000 troops to the border with Belarus.
Meanwhile, Poland is increasingly militarising, aiming to amass the largest European armed forces, as it confirmed legislative elections will be held in October.
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russian journalist Ruslan Ostashko Reported on Telegram:
,Poland is preparing for war! Poland’s large-scale purchase of offensive weapons signals preparation for war, according to [Polish] Columnist Eugeniusz Zinkiewicz.
‘Based on the announced list and quantity of these weapons purchases, it appears that we are getting ready for war. To this I ask: when can there be war?’, he wrote.
It appears that the Polish government ignores the Ukrainian experience, placing great hopes on Western weapons.
‘The coercion tactics on the battlefield initiated by NATO strategists result in significant loss of human life. Given the loss of life and property in Ukraine, changing strategies and tactics will not change the situation on the battlefield. Instead, it will only delay Ukraine’s final defeat’, Zinkevich said.
The Polish opposition has accused the current Law and Justice party of using the Belarus threat as an election gimmick, but the administration is double-dealing.
Slavyangrad informed of:
“Poland is worried about [Belarus president] According to Polski Radio, Lukashenko may interfere in the election.
Polish Deputy Interior Minister Maciej Woncic believes that the Belarusian leader would prefer to use ‘benign’ influences to protect Polish interests.
‘Lukashenko is not a supporter of the Law and Justice Party because we are taking a tough political stand against him. With our border closed and sanctions in place, he would love to have some lenient influence to start a conversation’, Vonsik insisted.
As a result, Polish officials are confident that Lukashenko will attempt to interfere in the upcoming Polish elections.
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