Morawiecki and Nausėda meet on the Suwałki Gap, which Russia threatens to break through with a land corridor: landmark statements made
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda met on the Suwałki Gap. Through the gap, Russia is threatening to "break through" a land corridor to its exclave, the Kaliningrad region.
During the meeting, Morawiecki and Nausėda discussed overall border security amid provocations, in particular, due to the deployment of Wagner mercenaries to Belarus, and made a number of significant statements about the situation. This was reported by Reuters.
On 3 August, Morawiecki and Nausėda held a meeting on border security between the two countries. They met at the strategically important Suwałki Gap, which Russia periodically threatens to seize in order to secure a land corridor to the Kaliningrad region, which is separated from Russia.
These threats are now backed up by the deployment of Wagner mercenaries to Belarus: they are now being moved to NATO's eastern flank, probably with the aim of destabilising the military alliance. In this regard, the Polish authorities have begun moving more than a thousand of their troops closer to the border with Belarus.
The meeting took place after two Belarusian helicopters brazenly violated Polish airspace.
"We must realise that the number of provocations will increase... Wagner's group is extremely dangerous, and they are being deployed to the eastern flank to destabilise NATO," Morawiecki said.
In his opinion, Wagner's members may cross the borders of European countries neighbouring Belarus to do so.
During the meeting, Nausėda noted that there could be more than 4,000 Wagnerians in Belarus.
"We need to talk not only about measures at the national level, but also about what to do if the situation becomes even more complicated, including closing the border with Belarus. These actions should be coordinated between Poland, Lithuania and Latvia," the Lithuanian president said, adding that his country is considering the possibility of completely closing the border with Belarus in cooperation with neighbouring countries.
Nausėda also announced that a meeting between the Polish and Lithuanian intelligence services would soon take place to exchange available information.
In addition, Morawiecki made an interesting political statement during the meeting. According to him, self-proclaimed President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko hopes for the return to power of Donald Tusk, who has long been the prime minister of Poland and a rival of the current ruling Law and Justice party.
On 1 August, it was reported that Belarusian helicopters had violated Polish airspace. The incident was acknowledged in Poland by the evening. They said that the Belarusian helicopters were flying at a very low altitude, which made it difficult to detect them with radar systems. However, they were filmed by local residents who shared the footage online.
The Belarusian helicopters crossed the border near the village of Belovezha.
Warsaw also noted that it had informed NATO of the incident.
The US State Department responded to the incident with the Belarusian helicopters. They noted that Belarus must respect the airspace of other countries.
Meanwhile, official Minsk refused to recognise the violation of Poland's border. The Belarusian Ministry of Defence accused Warsaw of claiming that the Polish authorities had violated the airspace in order to "justify" the increase in armed forces and resources near the Belarusian border.