Migration crisis aims to destabilise EU – Polish PM

2021-11-10 20:16 update: 2021-11-11, 21:46
PM Mateusz Morawiecki Fot. PAP/Marcin Obara
PM Mateusz Morawiecki Fot. PAP/Marcin Obara
The current migration crisis at the Polish-Belarusian border is political in nature and its aim is to destabilise the EU, the Polish prime minister said after talks with a top EU official.

Poland has been struggling to stem a wave of migrants trying to cross the Polish eastern border from Belarus. Warsaw accuses Minsk of encouraging thousands of migrants from the Middle East and Africa to come to Belarus and storm EU borders under a false promise of easy access to the EU.

Mateusz Morawiecki on Wednesday met with European Council President Charles Michel. 

"The developments over the last few days are a test for Poland and a test for Europe, and we realise that the risks may escalate, that the situation may deteriorate and that we may face yet more provocations from (Belarusian President Alexander) Lukashenko and the powers behind him," Morawiecki said.

"From a distance, these events at the Polish-Belarusian border may look like a migration crisis, but it's not a migration crisis, it's a political crisis created with the specific purpose of destabilising the situation in the EU," the Polish prime minister added.

Morawiecki also said the EU should discuss a potential ban on flights from the Middle East to Belarus to stem the inflow of migrants as well as more sanctions against Belarus, and added that he had asked Michel to call a European Council meeting earlier than the planned December date owing to the fast developments on the border.

Michel said the situation is serious and requires quick action. Given such a hybrid attack the EU must act in a joint and decisive way, the European Council president added.

Michel also said that, over the coming days, the Council, together with member states and the European Commission, will consider measures that could have a "significant and tangible" impact on the situation.

In this context, he hinted that the EU may discuss ways of funding infrastructure on the EU's eastern borders.

The EU will discuss physical infrastructure on the borders that would better protect the bloc, and ways in which to finance it, he said. (PAP)