Poland on High Alert as Russian Mercenary Group Wagner Remains in Belarus
Poland is on high alert as soldiers from the international mercenary group Wagner continue to stay in neighboring Belarus. The presence of these Wagner group mercenaries, who were involved in an armed uprising against Russia last June, has raised concerns among Poland and other countries bordering Belarus, with fears of potential security threats.
Poland Deploys 10,000 Troops to Border Area
In response to the situation, Poland has decided to send 10,000 troops to the border area to address any potential threats posed by Wagner’s army currently stationed in Belarus. Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Vlaszczak announced this deployment, stating, “10,000 troops will be stationed at the border.” The move aims to deter attackers and ensure the safety of Polish territory.
Minister Vlaszczak further emphasized the need for vigilance, expressing concerns over possible incursions by Belarusian helicopters into Polish airspace. He asserted, “Everything that happens in Belarus is in harmony with Russian actions.”
Rising Tensions in Polish-Belarusian Relations
Poland had previously announced its intent to double the number of troops on the Belarusian border by increasing the deployment by 2,000. Maciej Vosik, Poland’s Deputy Minister of the Interior, acknowledged the increasing tensions in Polish-Belarusian relations, reflecting the growing security concerns.
Lithuania Also Bolsters Border Security
Not only Poland but also Belarus’s neighbor, Lithuania, has recently strengthened its borders in response to the perceived threat posed by Wagner’s army. This situation has amplified the tensions between NATO and EU member states, as CNN analysts suggest.
As the security landscape continues to evolve, neighboring countries remain vigilant and take necessary measures to safeguard their borders and territories.
As soldiers belonging to the international mercenary group Wagner remain in Belarus, Poland, which shares a border with Belarus, is on high alert.
The appearance of mercenaries belonging to the Wagner group.
As the Wagner group, which failed in an armed uprising against Russia last June, moved into Belarus, Russia’s ally Poland and other countries bordering Belarus were alerted.
According to CNN on the 10th (local time), Poland has decided to send 10,000 troops to the border area due to concerns about Wagner’s army currently staying in Belarus. “10,000 troops will be stationed at the border,” Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Vlaszczak said on public radio that day.
“We are moving troops close to the Belarus border to drive away the attackers so they don’t dare attack us,” Błashchak explained. Regarding the recent attack of two military planes into Polish airspace, Minister Włáščak said, “Invasion of Belarusian helicopters into Polish space cannot be ruled out.” “Everything that happens in Belarus is in harmony with Russian actions.” he added.
Poland previously announced on the 9th that it would double the number of troops on the Belarusian border by increasing the number of troops by 2,000. At the time, Maciej Vosik, Poland’s Deputy Minister of the Interior, said, “Tensions are increasing in Polish-Belarusian relations.”
Belarus’s other neighbor, Lithuania, recently strengthened its borders, citing the threat of Wagner’s army. CNN analyzed that Wagner’s military is increasing tensions between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and EU member states.
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