Friday, November 12, 2021
Along with Belarus
Moscow conducts military exercises on the Polish border
The situation on the border between Poland and Belarus is very tense due to the large number of refugees. Now Russia is involved: Moscow, along with Minsk, is launching a military exercise near the EU border. In response to military action in Poland, it is said.
Belarus and Russia have announced joint military exercises near the Polish border. The Belarusian Defense Ministry said in a telegram that a “joint tactical battalion team” was conducting exercises with paratroopers from the two countries in the Krotno region in western Belarus. This justified the move with an “increase in military action” near the Belarusian border.
Poland has stationed 15,000 troops in the area due to the arrival of thousands of migrants on the Polish-Belarusian border. According to Minsk, a Russian Il-76 military aircraft and a Belarusian military helicopter are also involved in the exercises. According to Russian news agencies, the Ministry of Defense in Moscow said it was a “surprise move” to “check the war readiness” of the troops.
Thousands of migrants, mainly from the Middle East, are currently stranded on the EU’s outer border in Poland. The European Union (EU) has accused Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko of deliberately smuggling immigrants across the EU to Latvia, Lithuania and Poland in retaliation for sanctions.
Mass: “Make sure the chain of kidnappers is interrupted”
According to acting Union Foreign Minister Heiko Masin, the EU will impose new sanctions next week. At a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels, Mass told the Rhine Post and the “Ponnor General-Ansiger” that sanctions would be extended to those who “directly or indirectly” supported the smuggling of migrants to Belarus. Mass did not rule out sanctions against participating airlines.
“All airlines need to know who is complicit in criminal hijacking, who should face the consequences, including restrictions on higher air rights or landing permits,” Mass said. According to Masin, talks are underway with airlines that are already making an impact. For example, Turkish Airlines no longer flies citizens from Iraq, Syria and Yemen to Minsk.
“We must ensure that the chain of these smugglers is broken,” the SPD politician told reporters, referring to the migration to the eastern outer border of the EU, which is apparently controlled by Belarusian authorities. A detailed list of allowed persons will be published soon.
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