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Poland says Belarus, Russia behind new migrant influx

Update : 08 Aug 2023, 00:40

Poland's border guard called on the Polish Defense Ministry to deploy 1,000 additional troops on its border with Belarus. Minsk faces accusations that it is using migrants as a means of "hybrid warfare" against the EU.

Poland on Monday accused Belarus' and Russia's secret services of organizing an influx of migrants into the European Union through the Polish border.

"We're talking about an operation organized by the Russian and Belarusian secret services that is getting more and more intense," Polish Deputy Interior Minister Maciej Wasik said.

"We need many more forces at the border," he said, according to Polish news agency PAP.

He said that the situation "is not as chaotic today as it was two years ago," when thousands of migrants were left stranded on the Poland-Belarus border.

In 2021, tens of thousands of migrants attempted to cross into Poland from neighboring Belarus. At the time, Western governments accused Minsk of orchestrating a "hybrid" attack, a charge denied by Belarus.

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