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Polish defense minister: Here’s how NATO must adapt (Mariusz Błaszczak, Defense News)

The first two decades of the new millennium have proven the spectrum of security challenges in front of us is unlikely to narrow. Quite the opposite, on top of the “usual” and relatively well-recognized ones, we are being confronted with an array of new threats, which we need to understand better. Rapid development of emerging […]

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Kremlin Downplays Lukashenka’s Gas Threat As Poland Summons Belarus Attaché (RFE RL)

The Kremlin has downplayed a renewed threat by Belarusian strongman Alyaksandr Lukashenka to cut Russian gas supplies to the European Union in response to Poland’s possible move to shut down its border with Belarus over an ongoing migrant crisis. Kremlin Downplays Lukashenka’s Gas Threat As Poland Summons Belarus Attaché (rferl.org)

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Poland Maintains Restrictions On Access To Border With Belarus (RFE RL)

Poland has extended a controversial state of emergency that allows the government to continue restricting access to its border with Belarus to everyone except people who live, work, or study in the designated zone. Poland Maintains Restrictions On Access To Border With Belarus (rferl.org)

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‘Go through, go,’ Lukashenko tells asylum seekers near EU border (Al Jazeera)

With no end in sight for the weeks-long crisis at the European Union’s eastern frontier, Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko has told hopeful asylum seekers that his country would not stop them from attempting to cross into the bloc. Addressing a group on Friday, his first public appearance at the border since the start of the […]

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What next for the refugees stranded between Belarus and Poland? (Arwa Ibrahim, Al Jazeera)

Ali has been held at a detention centre in Lithuania along with six members of his family since they fled southern Iraq in July. The 45-year-old is among thousands of people – mainly from the Middle East – who made their way to Belarus over the summer in hope of reaching the European Union. What […]

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The devastating ways women suffer at the Poland-Belarus border (Sara Cincurova, Al Jazeera)

When 28-year-old Shirin*, an Iraqi Kurd, crossed the border from Belarus into Poland with her seven-year-old son Ali*, she did not expect to end up unconscious and immobile in the freezing woods. The devastating ways women suffer at the Poland-Belarus border | Refugees News | Al Jazeera

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Swift trans-Atlantic action kept Turkey from fueling Belarus’ hybrid attacks (Aykan Erdemir, Defense News)

Following her meeting with President Biden at the White House last Wednesday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen stated on Twitter that the rising tensions on the Belarus-Poland border were not a “migration crisis” but a “hybrid attack,” a form of irregular warfare that blends military and non-military methods. She proceeded to announce that the European Union and […]

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Poland turns water cannon on migrants, crisis stokes East-West tension (Robin Emmott and Joanna Plucinska, Yara Abi Nader, Reuters)

Polish security forces fired water cannon at rock-throwing migrants on the border with Belarus on Tuesday, and NATO reiterated its support for Warsaw in a crisis that has left thousands stranded on the frontier in icy temperatures. Video footage released by Polish authorities showed migrants also throwing bottles and logs across a barbed-wire border fence, and […]

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Iraq to launch repatriation flights from Belarus for citizens wishing to ‘voluntarily’ return (Middle East Eye)

Iraq is set to begin repatriating its citizens who wish to return on a voluntary basis from the Belarus border with Poland, an Iraqi official confirmed. A repatriation flight is scheduled to leave Belarus on Thursday where thousands of people, including scores of Iraqis, are stranded on the border with Poland. Iraq to launch repatriation flights […]

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The EU’s Latest Migrant Crisis: Will Belarus Get Its Way? (Maxim Samorukov, Carnegie Moscow Center)

Images of crowds of refugees and migrants at EU borders may be a common occurrence, but there’s something very different about the current scenes at the border between Poland and Belarus. For those people were helped to get there not by human traffickers or other organized crime gangs, but by none other than the Belarusian […]

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Poland-Belarus: Refugees talk of ‘unimaginable suffering’ on border (Céline Martelet, Hussam Hammoud, Middle East Eye)

Eighteen days of “inhumanity” is how Hamza described what he experienced at the gates of the European Union. The 25-year-old Syrian was still in shock when he sent his testimony through WhatsApp to Middle East Eye. “It was horrible, unimaginable suffering,” says Hamza. “With my friends, we wished for death. We wandered in this forest. […]

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Belarus Is Laying Tinder for a War. How Will NATO Respond? (Elisabeth Braw, Defense One)

Belarus Is Laying Tinder for a War. How Will NATO Respond? If you wanted to cause a war, here’s a formula with high odds of success. Send thousands of migrants to your border, have your border force try to push them into a neighboring country, and fire warning shots when your neighbor’s soldiers try to […]