Kremlin expresses concern over situation on Belarus-Poland border

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The Kremlin today expressed concern over the scenes at the Belarus-Poland border crossing, where migrants are gathering to cross into Poland, and praised experts from its close ally, Belarus, for their responsible work there, such as the characterized.

Polish authorities announced yesterday that thousands of migrants were gathering near the border with Belarus and accused Minsk of trying to provoke a major confrontation, prompting calls from the EU to impose new sanctions on Minsk.

In a teleconference with reporters today, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peshkov said Moscow was in close contact with Minsk on the issue and called on all parties involved to act responsibly.

Hundreds of migrants camped overnight in the countryside in low temperatures and remain today near Belarus-Poland border, while the Polish prime minister visited the border and officials warned that tensions could rise in the coming days.

Videos from the area show hundreds of migrants marching towards the Polish border near the village of Kuznitsa and some trying to throw a fence using shovels and various other tools.

Pictures released today by Polish police show scenes of migrants and fires they have lit on the Belarusian side of the barbed wire.

According to the Polish border guard, quoted by Reuters, about 800 people have been camped on the Belarusian side of the fence by a group of up to 4,000 migrants who are there and in the surrounding forests.

Polish authorities closed an official border crossing with Belarus at 08:00 Greek time today near the point from which thousands of migrants were trying to cross the border yesterday, Monday.

Poland has said it has deployed additional troops, border guards and police, while neighboring Lithuania has said it may declare a state of emergency on its border with Belarus.

A Polish official noted that tensions could rise in the coming days and that additional international assistance could be accepted if that happened.

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