President Zeman offers Czech soldiers to Poland to help protect national borders

Czech troops could head to the border immediately

editor: REMIX NEWS
author: Echo24, Czech News Agency
In this handout photo released by State Border Committee of the Republic of Belarus on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, Polish servicemen use a water cannon during clashes between migrants gathering at the checkpoint "Kuznitsa" at the Belarus-Poland border near Grodno, Belarus, on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. (State Border Committee of the Republic of Belarus via AP)

On Tuesday, Czech President Miloš Zeman offered Poland the deployment of Czech troops to the border with Belarus. According to him, soldiers are ready to head there immediately. Zeman wrote this in a letter to Polish President Andrzej Duda. According to Zeman, the decision to send troops for up to 60 days is on the Czech government.

In the letter, Zeman said that the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border had been caused by “the bad intentions of those who do not hesitate to abuse the fate of others for their own benefit.” Prime Minister Andrej Babiš followed up with a statement that the Czech police are also ready to help.

The West is accusing the regime of authoritarian despot Alexander Lukashenko of attracting migrants and then sending them to EU borders. According to many Western countries, Minsk is taking revenge because of the sanctions imposed by the EU over human rights violations. The Belarusian side denies all allegations. Babiš will to discuss the situation with Prime Ministers of Slovakia Eduard Heger, Poland Mateusz Morawiecki, and Hungary Viktor Orbán.

“We have repeatedly offered the help of our police to Poland, and we would be ready to send our troops, but this requires the consent of both chambers of Parliament – the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies,” Babiš said.

“We are supporting Poland through the media. We are ready to help immediately, and we have repeatedly offered the help of the Ministry of the Interior. We will see what the Polish Prime Minister comes up with at the meeting in Budapest,” added Babiš.

The months-long migration crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border escalated last week after several thousand mostly Middle Eastern refugees set a camp on the Belarusian side of the border, hoping to enter the EU. On Monday, the EU rejected Lukashenko’s proposal to take over some of the migrants.

“The recent development is not positive at all. Poland finds itself in a difficult situation and, like Lithuania and Latvia, is facing an unprecedented and unacceptable hybrid attack by the Belarusian regime. This summer, a new migration route for illegal migrants was created, organized by the dictator Lukashenko, and the Belarusian regime now imports thousands of migrants, only to then push them illegally across the Polish border into the EU,” Babiš added.

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