‘We’ll remain vigilant’: NATO condemns Belarus regime’s hybrid actions against Poland, Lithuania, Latvia

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On November 12, the North Atlantic Council delivered a statement on the situation at the Poland-Belarus border.

The Council strongly condemned the continued instrumentalisation of irregular migration artificially created by Belarus as part of hybrid actions targeted against Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia for political purposes.

‘These callous actions endanger the lives of vulnerable people. NATO Allies stand in solidarity with Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and other Allied nations affected, and support measures, guided by fundamental values and applicable international law, taken by Allies individually and collectively, in response to a situation that requires close coordination with key international partners,” the statement reads.

NATO allies say they will ‘remain vigilant’ against the risk of further escalation and provocation by Belarus at its borders with Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia, and will continue to monitor the implications for the security of the Alliance.

They also called on Belarus to cease these actions, to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, and to abide by international law.

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On November 9, the police reported that 3,000-4,000 persons settled in the forest on the Belarusian side along the Polish border; there have been numerous attempts to destroy barbed wire fences and illegally enter the territory of Poland. Notably, the number of Belarusian officers near the border is constantly growing; they are keeping a close eye on the migrant camp.

On November 10, traffic was suspended in both directions at the road border crossing point in Kuznica due to the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border. The Polish ministry reports that soldiers of Polish army have so far built over 180 km of temporary fencing, which ‘effectively hinders attempts to illegally and forcibly cross Belarus-Poland border’.

In the course of their meeting in Washington on November 10, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and US leader Joe Biden touched upon a series of issues, including the current situation at the border with Belarus; von der Leyen described it as ‘a hybrid attack, not a migration crisis’ and said that the US President shared the view.

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