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Foreign Secretary Liz Truss speaks at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, England, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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UK backs Poland in conflict on Polish-Belarusian border, declares British foreign minister

A small team of the British Armed Forces was deployed to Poland as tensions on the Polish-Belarusian border continue to rise

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
author: Sunday Telegraph/wpolityce.pl

In an article for the Sunday Telegraph, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss declared staunch support for Poland and other allies affected by the migration crisis manufactured by the Belarusian regime.

The situation on the Polish-Belarusian border has become severe following a strong rise in the number of migrants currently present on the Belarusian side.

“The United Kingdom will not look away. We will stand with our allies like Poland in the region who are on the frontier of freedom,” she wrote.

Truss emphasized that while the nations of Eastern Europe became free following the fall of the Iron Curtain, their freedom is being threatened by authoritarian regimes. She warned that the escalation of the conflict on the border with Poland by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko was the next step aimed at undermining the region’s security.

“He is using desperate migrants as pawns in his bid to create instability and cling to power, regardless of the human cost,” she emphasized.

The foreign secretary emphasized that the United Kingdom was the first European country to send military aid to Poland. A small team of the British Armed Forces was deployed to Poland as tensions on the Polish-Belarusian border began rising, with the British Ministry of Defense announcing that the team was deployed to provide engineering support.

Truss called also on Russian President Vladimir Putin to intervene in the migration crisis fueled by Belarus. She believed that Russia has a “clear responsibility” to end the migrant stand-off by “pressuring Belarusian authorities to end the crisis and enter dialogue.”

The British foreign minister also emphasized, that the UK stood not only with Poland, which bore the burden of the manufactured migration crisis, but with the entire Visegrád Four, the Baltic States and Ukraine.