Poland’s Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, has reportedly warned that a group of approximately 100 Russian Wagner mercenaries is moving closer to Poland’s border via Belarus, potentially presenting a threat to the NATO country. The mercenaries are allegedly preparing to aid migrants to cross into the European Union by posing as Belarusian border guards, in what Morawiecki has labelled as ‘hybrid warfare’.
- Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, has warned that around 100 Russian Wagner mercenaries are moving closer to Poland’s border through Belarus, a possible escalation of tension in the region.
- Morawiecki alleges that these mercenaries may pose as Belarusian border guards to facilitate the movement of migrants into the European Union, a strategy he refers to as ‘hybrid warfare’.
- Poland has accused Belarus of promoting illegal migration at the Polish border, suggesting that Minsk has made false promises of easy access to the EU to migrants flying into Belarus.
- Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko stated that he would keep the Wagner mercenaries in central Belarus, seemingly fulfilling an agreement with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
- Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia are considering jointly closing their borders with Belarus if incidents involving the Wagner mercenaries occur.