Tensions on NATO’s japanese flank are rising because the Polish Inside Minister mentioned on Monday that Poland and the Baltic states are to all shut their borders with Belarus if there may be “an armed incident.”
This comes because the NATO international locations are fearing there will probably be a “important incident” involving Wagner mercenaries.
Belarus shares their border with the EU and NATO members comparable to Poland, Lithuania and Latvia and there was elevated and justified safety issues for the reason that Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko invited Wagner fighters to his nation.
Mariusz Kaminski instructed a joint press convention along with his Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian counterparts, “We demand from the authorities in Minsk that the Wagner Group instantly go away the territory of Belarus and that unlawful migrants instantly go away the border space and are despatched again to their house international locations.
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“If there’s a important incident, no matter whether or not it’s on the Polish or Lithuanian border, we are going to retaliate instantly.
“All border crossings which have been opened to this point will probably be closed.”
Lithuanian inside minister Agne Bilotaite instructed reporters of the 2 most important standards which can result in the borders instantly being closed.
Bilotaite mentioned, “Initially, an armed incident on the border of one of many international locations,” she mentioned.
She added, “The incident would want to pose a critical risk to nationwide safety.
“The opposite criterion is a mass breakthrough of migrants by way of the border of one of many states.”
A high-ranking Polish official has warned of “Russian and Belarus rising aggressiveness” which impacts the “exterior borders of NATO” and European international locations.
The Polish Ambassador to the US warned NATO and European international locations to anticipate “additional provocation” from Minsk and Moscow.
Marek Magierowski instructed CNN, “We’re committing extra troops and extra navy tools and we’re deploying extra models to that space as a result of we take into account it to be our obligation and our responsibility not solely to defend ourselves but additionally to guard the exterior borders of NATO and the European Union within the face of Russian and Belarus’ rising aggressiveness.”
Earlier this month Poland despatched round 10,000 troops to the Belarusian border as tensions proceed to mount.
The Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak mentioned on 10 August the troopers will be part of border guards in an try and “scare away” any potential threats.
Talking to public radio Blaszczak mentioned, “About 10,000 troopers will probably be on the border, of which 4,000 will immediately help the Border Guard and 6,000 will probably be within the reserve.
“We transfer the military nearer to the border with Belarus to scare away the aggressor in order that it doesn’t dare to assault us.”