BRITISH troops will help build a wall on the Polish border after Belarus “weaponized” the migrants because “millions could go to Europe.”
Defense Minister Ben Wallace announced that about 100 soldiers from the Royal Engineers would be sent to help strengthen the Polish border.
The new soldiers will be deployed in a few weeks – and will help make roads and at observation posts.
Ten thousand Many have attempted to cross the border from Belarus in the past weeks as the dictatorship seeks to put pressure on the EU over sanctions it imposes over human rights abuses.
No EU country has unilaterally offered to support Poland – but the UK has pledged to “build a border wall” because migrants are used as “political pawns”.
Mr Wallace met his Polish counterpart Mariusz Błaszczak and agreed to step up Britain’s efforts to help Warsaw – adding that the countries must “stand together” in the “unruly” war.
Minister of Defense said to Telegraph: “You can’t let your opponent pick you one by one”.
“Can you imagine going from Iraq, here, to a border, not much clothes, not much food, not much money, and then become a pawn in the Belarussian leader’s game?
“I think that’s heartless and I think that’s cruel.”
He said he believes Russia will “see what this is and realize that, you know, Europe and NATO and the West are wary of what’s going on”.
According to the BBC, migrants from the Middle East were deliberately issued transit visas by Belarus.
They were then brought from Minsk airport to the country’s borders with Poland and Lithuania to create chaos and force the EU to lift sanctions.
In May, dictator Lukashenko even threatened to flood Europe with migrants.
He said: “We stopped migrants and drugs – now you will [have to] Catch them and eat them yourself. “
The UK was the first to provide personnel support to Poland last week when soldiers were sent to help reinforce the barbed wire fence protecting the EU’s external border.
Mateusz Morawiecki, Poland’s prime minister, yesterday said that millions of asylum seekers from Africa and the Middle East could end up in Europe.
Morawiecki told Bild that if it was not possible to stop thousands of people from illegally crossing the border into Poland, now “several hundred or thousands or millions” will try to cross the border into EU countries.
This comes after Britain’s most senior military officer admitted that he was “anxious” and that we had to “take precautions”. about the emerging threat from Russia in Eastern Europe.
General Sir Nick Carter – Chief of the General Staff of Defense – warned that the UK must “watch out” for Putin’s intentions with Ukraine and increase tensions with Belarus.
The comments came after it was reported that a 600-man task force of British special forces – including SAS commandos and soldiers from the Parachute Regiment – was being prepared to be deployed to Ukraine. .
US officials last week warned that Russia could plot an impending invasion of Ukraine.
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And meanwhile, Vladimir Putin’s regime is accused of sparking the ongoing migration crisis between Belarus and Poland.
Europe’s last dictatorship has been accused of “weaponizing” migration against the EU – causing a Tensions arose along the border of Belarus and Poland with the armies of both sides.
Britain is sending military engineers to Poland to help ensure the situation.
But when BBC presenter Andrew Marr asked Sir Nick if he was worried it could escalate into something “really serious”, the general replied “Yes”.
On Thursday, Home Secretary Priti Patel blamed the migrant crisis in the Channel on Europe’s open borders policy that has allowed millions of people to migrate freely across the continent.
More than 24,500 migrants have arrived in the UK in small boats from France so far this year – almost three times the number of 8,714 in all of 2020.
Poland has so far refused support from Frontex, the EU’s border agency, and Europol, its law enforcement wing, amid the bloc’s refusal to fund the construction of the border fence.
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