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Polish PM accuses Putin of masterminding Belarus migrant 'attack'

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of orchestrating an unprecedented wave of migrants trying to illegally enter Poland from Belarus, saying the "attack" threatens to destabilise the European Union.

The accusation came as thousands of desperate migrants were trapped in freezing weather on the Belarus-Poland border, where the presence of troops from both sides has raised fears of a confrontation.

Western critics have for months said Belarus's strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko is luring migrants from the Middle East to his country and then sending them across the border in retaliation for EU sanctions.

"This is part of the inhuman and really gangster-style approach of the Lukashenko regime," a European Commission spokesman, Peter Stano, told journalists today.

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At sunrise, together with @mblaszczak, I visited our soldiers and officers guarding the eastern border of Poland. Soldiers, Policemen, Border Guard and Special Services watch over the safety of Polish women and Poles. Thank you!

by Oui on Tue Nov 9th, 2021 at 09:49:07 PM EST

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