Latvia calls for permanent U.S. troops to guard against Russia threat

Latvia needs a permanent U.S. military presence to deter Russia and wants to boost its defences with U.S. Patriot missiles, Defence Minister Artis Pabriks said on Monday as NATO’s chief visited allied troops in the Baltic country. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken was due to arrive in Latvia’s capital Riga late on Monday beforeContinue reading “Latvia calls for permanent U.S. troops to guard against Russia threat”

‘Go through. Go,’ Lukashenko tells migrants at Polish border

Lukashenko says he won’t force migrants to return home Two flights with returning migrants arrive in Iraq Two more flights planned on Nov. 26-27 Poland reports detention centre unrest Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko told migrants stranded at the border with Poland on Friday that his country would help them to return home if they wantedContinue reading “‘Go through. Go,’ Lukashenko tells migrants at Polish border”

Germany refuses to take in stranded migrants after calls from Minsk – DW

Germany has rejected calls from Minsk for the European Union to take in migrants stranded at the Belarus-Poland border. EU member states have also made it clear they won’t be blackmailed by Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko. He is demanding they take in thousands of migrants. They’re facing harsh winter conditions out in the forests alongContinue reading “Germany refuses to take in stranded migrants after calls from Minsk – DW”

Poland says Belarus border crisis may be prelude to “something worse”

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki warned on Sunday that the migrant crisis on the Belarus border may be a prelude to “something much worse”, and Poland’s border guard said Belarusian forces were still ferrying migrants to the frontier. The European Union accuses Belarus of flying in thousands of people from the Middle East and pushingContinue reading “Poland says Belarus border crisis may be prelude to “something worse””

Poland-Belarus: Putin behind migrant crisis at border, says Polish PM Morawiecki

Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has accused the Russian President Vladimir Putin of orchestrating the migration crisis on the country’s border with Belarus. “(Belarusian leader) Lukashenko is the executor of the latest assault, but this assault has a sponsor who is to be found in Moscow, and this sponsor is President Putin,” Morawiecki said duringContinue reading “Poland-Belarus: Putin behind migrant crisis at border, says Polish PM Morawiecki”

Hundreds of migrants and refugees camped at Belarus-Poland border – Al Jazeera

Hundreds of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa remain gathered at Belarus’s border with Poland in an escalating crisis. The Polish government has called a crisis meeting and deployed troops to the region. Poland has closed part of its border with Belarus, accusing it of urging the migration flow, in retaliation againstContinue reading “Hundreds of migrants and refugees camped at Belarus-Poland border – Al Jazeera”

Minsk committing ‘crimes against humanity’, says Lithuanian PM

Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė had a phone call with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Monday evening to discuss the situation at the EU’s border with Belarus. According to the government’s press release, Šimonytė told von der Leyen that the Belarusian authorities have “cleansed” of irregular migrants and directed them towards Poland.Continue reading “Minsk committing ‘crimes against humanity’, says Lithuanian PM”

Poland comes under fire over challenge to primacy of EU law

Polish prime minister warns of EU mission creep Von der Leyen: Poland poses ‘direct challenge to EU legal order’ Three options: legal, financial, suspending voting rights EU justice commissioner says bloc to act within weeks Poland’s prime minister came under repeated criticism during a tense debate in the European Parliament on Tuesday, with the EU’sContinue reading “Poland comes under fire over challenge to primacy of EU law”

Belarus forces opened fire on Polish troops over border, says Warsaw

Poland’s prime minister has expressed support for the country’s border troops after they were reportedly fired on from Belarus. A spokeswoman for the Polish Border Guards said Belarusian forces fired shots at Poland’s troops across the eastern border on Thursday. Anna Michalska stated no one was hurt and that blank ammunition was most probably used.Continue reading “Belarus forces opened fire on Polish troops over border, says Warsaw”

Poland weighs declaring state of emergency on Belarus border amid migrant surge

Poland moved on Tuesday towards declaring a state of emergency in two regions on its border with Belarus after hundreds of illegal migrants crossed into its territory this month. The government formally asked President Andrzej Duda to impose the state of emergency for 30 days in parts of the Podlaskie and Lubelskie regions. It wasContinue reading “Poland weighs declaring state of emergency on Belarus border amid migrant surge”

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