Poland defends NATO and EU borders from Minsk hybrid attack

“At the moment we are experiencing hybrid aggression here in Poland in the form of attempts by the Belarusian services to force migrants into EU territory,” said the President.
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Belarus is trying to push migrants across the EU border and Poland is defending NATO and EU borders from hybrid aggression, said Polish President Andrzej Duda.

Duda made the statement on Tuesday at an international security conference, the Warsaw Security Forum.

“At the moment we are experiencing hybrid aggression here in Poland in the form of attempts by the Belarusian services to force migrants into EU territory,” said the President.

“We defend the borders of NATO and the EU with full determination,” said Duda, adding that Poland has confirmed that people with terrorist ties are among those trying to cross the country’s border from Belarus.

The Polish President said new security challenges were looming on the horizon, including China’s “multidimensional actions in technology, economy, finance and cyberspace”.

“This is linked to new, breakthrough technologies, the acquisition of which by our opponents could disrupt the existing order,” said the president, adding that the terrorist threats have not disappeared either.

Regarding Russia, Duda said the country was increasing its global military engagement and threatening NATO not only from the east, but also from the north and south. He also accused Moscow of hybrid actions aimed at undermining the stability of the West’s democratic institutions and its electoral system.

Regarding the role of the USA, the President said that the West needs “an America that is politically and militarily committed to the security of Europe and is active in NATO”.

“This is a guarantee that the democratic world can face numerous challenges, both near our borders and in distant parts of the world,” said Duda.

The Warsaw Security Forum is an international conference organized by the Casimir Pulaski Foundation, an independent, non-partisan think tank specializing in foreign policy and international security.

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