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Top Polish and EU officials hold closed door meeting on Polish-Belarusian border crisis

The Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU presented evidence for Belarus’s hybrid warfare actions on the Polish-Belarusian border to EU diplomats and officials

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
author: PAP/forsal.pl

On Tuesday, Polish officials hosted a closed door meeting with top EU officials in Brussels order to share information on how Belarus is using illegal immigration to conduct hybrid warfare against Poland and the broader EU. The meeting was held in the building of the Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU.

“We presented very detailed, classified information concerning the mechanism of transferring migrants to Belarus, the mechanism of transporting people to the border and using them to achieve propaganda goals (with risks to their lives) and the conducting of a hybrid attack against the European Union,” the Permanent Representative of Poland to the EU Andrzej Sadoś explained.

He added that among the meeting’s participants were ambassadors from EU member states and highest-ranking representatives from both the European Commission and European Council.

They had the possibility to directly review the evidence and to discuss appropriate actions which EU institutions and member states should undertake in the near future to slow down the regular influx of migrants towards the EU’s eastern border.

Sadoś underlined that the evidence had made a strong impression on the meeting’s participants.

He stated that the mechanism, which was logistically developed and very precise, was presented in a detailed manner to the participants, as well as how the whole operation was conducted for the last several months.

“We should remember that this operation is being carried out in several Middle Eastern countries and in Belarus’s direct neighborhood with the EU. It entails cooperation with tourism offices, consular agencies, airlines, companies which finance charter flight connections and services which fulfil such actions directly near the EU border. These actions were observed by international public opinion yesterday on television screens,” he said.

The President of the European Council Charles Michel is arriving in Poland on Wednesday to personally observe the situation associated with the migration crisis caused by Belarus.