Polish PM: Seeks NATO support for borders

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O Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called for NATO support and consultations under Article 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty on the Border Crisis.

NATO must take “concrete steps” to resolve the migration crisis at the border with Belarus, said today Polish Prime Minister Matthew Morawiecki, adding that Poland, Lithuania and Latvia may request consultations under Article 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty.

Under this article, any allied country may request consultations when, in its view, it faces a threat to its territorial integrity, its political independence or its security.

“It is not enough for us to publicly express our concern. “Now we need concrete steps, but also the commitment of the whole alliance,” he told the Polish news agency PAP.

Thousands of migrants have traveled to Belarus, hoping to cross into the European Union, but end up trapped at the border in cold weather.

The EU accuses Minsk of orchestrating the crisis in order to pressure the European Union on the issue of sanctions, but Belarus has repeatedly denied this. Some countries in the region warn that current tensions could escalate into a military conflict

Russian President Vladimir Putin, a key ally of Belarussian leader Alexander Lukashenko, has said Russia is ready to help ease the crisis, the Russian RIA Novosti news agency reported, citing an interview with the Russian president.

Morawiecki told the PAP that European leaders would discuss extending sanctions against Belarus, including the complete closure of the border.

He added that the EU should finance the joint construction of a border wall.

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