Poland will analyse whether it can reopen a crossing with Belarus: PM

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Poland’s prime minister said on Friday his country could reopen a border with Belarus to help trade in the country’s east that has been hit by the closure of checkpoints amid tense relations between Warsaw and Minsk.

WARSAW: Poland’s prime minister said on Friday he may reopen a border with Belarus to help trade in the country’s east that has suffered due to the closure of checkpoints amid tense relations between Warsaw and Minsk.

Poland’s border with Belarus has been a point of contention since migrants began arriving there in 2021 after Minsk, a close ally of Russia, opened travel agencies to the Middle East and introduced a new unofficial route to Europe – a move the EU said was designed to stir up trouble.

Relations have become even more tense since Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine, and Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Saturday that Poland would spend about 10 billion zlotys ($2.55 billion) on securing the border.

“We need to analyse whether it is possible to open a crossing,” Tusk said at an election rally in the eastern city of Bialystok on Friday.

“I would not make this decision if the military and border security commands had a clearly negative opinion that this could have a negative, widespread impact on our security.”

He said the first crossing he would consider opening would be Bobrovniki. Currently, four of the six crossings with Belarus are completely closed.

The Border Guard has reported that a large number of migrants have been attempting to cross the border illegally in recent weeks.

($1 = 3.9185 zloty)

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