UPDATE: Poland’s PM Morawiecki does not rule out closure of other crossings with Belarus

UPDATE: Poland's PM Morawiecki does not rule out closure of other crossings with Belarus. Image: Jan Kaminski/Shutterstock.com

ACCORDING to further reports from Poland, the country’s Prime Minister has not ruled out the closure of other crossings with Belarus as tensions continue to rise between the two countries.

UPDATE 5.06 pm (February 10) – Poland’s PM Morawiecki does not rule out the closure of other crossings with Belarus after videos emerged of Polish border guards blocking access to the border crossing point with Belarus’ Bobrowniki checkpoint.

“The reason for the closure of the border crossing point in Bobrowniki is the growing tension in relations with Belarus. The Russians and the Kremlin treat Belarus as a tool,” the Prime Minister of Poland said.

“For us and for Ukraine and Europe, this is an increasingly dangerous phenomenon.

Morawiecki did not rule out the closure of other checkpoints on the border with Belarus.

Recently, Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that “if all countries had reacted with the same speed and determination as Poland, today we would be much closer to victory for Ukraine.”

ORIGINAL 11.39 am (February 10) – Videos emerged on social media of Polish border guards blocking access to the ‘Bobrowniki’ border crossing point with Belarus.

Following news that Polish border guards had blocked access to the border crossing point with Belarus’ Bobrowniki checkpoint, the State Border Committee of Belarus has spoken out.

“Since 2020, the Polish authorities have closed international communication channels under various pretexts,” the State Border Committee said via BelTA.

“As a result of such decisions, only 3 out of 6 checkpoints were operational, which negatively affected the situation on both sides of the border and led to protests by Polish cargo carriers, who had to queue for a long time due to the slow registration by the Polish side.”

“The decision by the Polish authorities to close another channel of international communication is actually aimed at exacerbating the situation on the border and restricting mutual travel of citizens rather than ensuring public safety,” the State Border Committee said.

The Foreign Ministry of Belarus also said: “Martin Wojtekhovsky, Polish temporary Commissioner in Belarus, declared a decisive protest in connection with plans announced by the current Polish leadership to suspend Belarusian time traffic at the Bobrovniki-Brestovitsa checkpoint on February 10, 2023, from 14.00.

“The Polish diplomat pointed out that this step was categorically unacceptable, which aggravated the already extremely difficult situation on the Belarusian-Polish border and violated the rights of thousands of citizens of Belarus, Poland and many other countries.

“The counterproductivity of any attempts to put pressure on Belarus is underlined.

“You need to understand that this step is basically anti-human. Polish leadership deliberately creates inhumane ones!! Conditions for ordinary citizens and carriers cause significant harm to both large economic operators and small businesses.

“The most damage will be done !! European companies and citizens, primarily Polish ones. As you know, Belarusian carriers cannot cross this border due to previously taken decisions by the Polish side.

“All the blame for the consequences of such voluntary decisions lies on the current Polish Government.”

“We hope that the level of Polish democracy will allow the affected entrepreneurs to ask relevant questions to their Government.

“The Belarusian side reserves the right to adopt adequate response measures and is always open to constructive and mutually respectful dialogue in the interests of the citizens of Belarus and Poland.”

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