Poland is protecting Germany by securing the EU’s eastern border against an influx of “refugees”, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said after meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The Polish Prime Minister continues his diplomatic tour of European capitals to secure support for Poland’s operations on the country’s border with Belarus, where a wave of migrants, mainly from the Middle East and Africa, are trying to enter by force in the EU.
On Thursday, Morawiecki traveled to Berlin, where he met with Merkel to discuss the border situation and to coordinate an EU and NATO response to the Belarusian government’s hybrid war against the EU. by Alexander Lukashenko.
“We are defending the EU’s external border, so we are also defending Germany against a huge wave of refugees,” Morawiecki said at a press conference after the meeting.
“German-Polish relations are undoubtedly fundamental for the cohesion of the European Union and the quality of the response to crises …”, declared Morawiecki.
When it comes to these crises, the Polish prime minister said, “most of the strings are being pulled by the Kremlin, by the Russian leader.”
“Much depends on the quality of cooperation between Poland and Germany, including whether we can continue our efforts to strengthen prosperity and peace in this part of the world,” Morawiecki added.
Observing that the EU has “enormous economic potential”, Morawiecki said the bloc also has the potential “to respond to challenges prepared by someone else outside the European Union”.
Morawiecki also said the EU should continue talking to countries where current migration is coming from.
“We are working through various diplomatic channels in the Middle East and it has proven to be effective,” Morawiecki continued. “We have cooperated with countries in Central Asia, such as Uzbekistan, and so far the actions have been successful.”
The German Chancellor declared that the main task now was to solve the migration problem “by what Poland does, which protects the borders and by our joint operations”.
“The aim is to show the world what is going on there,” Merkel said, hinting that the EU could impose more sanctions on the Belarusian regime “if there is no visible progress”.
“And we still do not see the de-escalation that Poland expects,” she added.
Turning to Ukraine’s problems and the looming threat from Russia, Merkel said the EU “is doing everything to avoid further aggression”.
“Any further aggressive action against Ukraine’s sovereignty would come at a high price,” she said, adding that Russia should be given the opportunity to engage in dialogue.
Poland has struggled for several months to stem a wave of migrants on the Belarusian side of the border. However, in recent days, attempts at illegal entry have become much more organized and have involved large numbers of migrants, often aided by Belarusian security services.
Poland, other EU members and the United States accused Belarus of being at the origin of the crisis in order to destabilize the EU.