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Are Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko plotting new pressure — and new suffering — on the Belarusian-Polish border? © Collection: Imago/Zuma/Itar-Tass/fn

A serious crisis continues to smolder along the Belarusian-Polish border, largely unnoticed. “The situation is very important,” says the IPPEN.MEDIA request from the Bundestag.

Berlin/Munich – In the summer of 2021, the devastating humanitarian situation on the Belarusian-Polish border dominated the headlines – those in power Alexander Lukashenko According to many observers, the migrants were deliberately “weaponised”. with Ukraine war The topic has almost completely disappeared from the German media.

But the problem is not solved. Most recently, Lithuania extended the state of emergency in the border area. New difficulties and human suffering may threaten around the Russian Kaliningrad region. Alarming voices came from the SPD in the Bundestag and others.

Lukashenko and Putin Continue to Cause Border Fears: “Crisis Situation on Belarus Border”

“The situation on the border with Belarus is tense and complicated,” said Teria Turk-Nachber, a development politician from the President’s party. IPPEN.MEDIA upon request. “There is no doubt that the Belarusian government is taking advantage of this fragile situation,” he warned. This applies regardless of the fact that the situation on the Belarusian border has recently receded into the background.

SPD MP Deria Turk-Nachtber in the Bundestag.
SPD MP Deria Turk-Nachtber in the Bundestag. © IMAGO/Sebastian Gabsch

Can’t really talk about relaxation: According to Four dead refugees were found on the Belarusian-Polish border in February, according to the European Council for Refugees and Exiles. Grupa Granica spoke of 37 deaths and 300 disappearances since the start of the crisis.

There have been reports of repeated “pushbacks” by Polish border guards. According to official reports, a German was also expelled from the country because he allegedly sent aid packages through the fence into the border area. The website reported this notesfrompoland.com. These incidents highlight the great strain on Belarus’ borders – and tensions between them. Russian and Belarusian destabilization efforts Neighboring states of Belarus to oppose and protect human rights on the move. However, the Polish government has already made a name for itself with its anti-immigration course.

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Kaliningrad: The situation on Russia’s border with the EU is worrying

“If necessary, we will consider further measures,” explained Türk-Nachbaur IPPEN.MEDIA. Overlooking the EU-Belarus border. But she turned her attention to Kaliningrad. Some time ago, the Russian state agency Interfax reported that the city’s airport wanted to attract flights from Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey. The International Center for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) warned Vladimir Putin may want to “weaponize migrants”..

Türk-Nachbaur assessed the overall situation on Kaliningrad’s borders as “worrisome”. “The Polish government is currently building an electronic border fence there,” he said. The situation will be closely monitored.

Concern over Suvalki gap: Poland and Lithuania want to arm themselves on borders with Belarus and Russia

But there are concerns in the Baltic states for other reasons — given Russia’s potential military plans. Poland’s Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak recently reported on the so-called “armored hedgehogs” on the Kaliningrad border. Lithuania finds itself even more threatened. Only the 80 km long “Suvalki gap” separates Belarus and the Russian exclave.

Lithuanian ex-soldier Vaitotas Malinionis has claimed, according to a statement Des Senders LRT Recently common security arrangements with Poland. He warned that a largely unsecured border would make it easier for Russia to march on. According to LRT, Poland is already planning to station a division-sized military unit near Kaliningrad — which could defend the Suwalki Gap if necessary. In The Bundeswehr should have a permanent presence in Lithuania. (fn)

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