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Situation on Belarusian border is far from stable: dep FM

Paweł Jabłoński, deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, said that the situation at the border with Belarus is far from stable. He admitted that if it does not change, it will be justified to continue applying the existing emergency measures in the border zone.

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Mr Jabłoński said in an interview with Polish Radio that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is monitoring the situation in countries where Minsk may be looking for migrants to bring to Belarus. As he assured, the ministry is taking steps to prevent this.

“Such activities take place with a very large number of institutions involved, in countries that are identified as potentially the most risky,” he stressed.

“Jordan is a good example of such a country and such activities,” he said. As he emphasised, on the one hand, there are hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria there, and on the other, last week, the talks between the heads of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland and Jordan were held.

Mr Jabłoński expressed his hope that Polish actions to help Syrian refugees in Jordan are appreciated and that the Middle Eastern partners understand the Polish perspective.

“Thanks to this, we can count on good cooperation and a partnership approach from the Jordanian authorities,” he pointed out.

Belarus has recently introduced visa-free movement with, among others, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Pakistan and South Africa. On October 17, the decree of the President of Belarus, Alyaksandr Lukashenka, will enter into force, allowing visa-free travel through airports in Belarusian circuitial cities – Brest, Gomel, Grodno, Mogilev and Vitebsk.

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