Poland is increasing the number of soldiers deployed on its eastern border with Belarus to 10,000 as tensions continue to rise on the border due to the presence of Russian mercenaries in the country, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak announced on Thursday.
“We are increasing the number of our troops on the Polish-Belarusian border; eventually, 10,000 soldiers will defend the Polish border in this sector,” Błaszczak said on Polish Radio.
The head of the Polish Ministry of National Defense (MON) was asked on Thursday about the appeal adopted at a meeting of the command of the Patriotic Forces of the Republic of Belarus, supporting Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko.
“Your politicians, consumed by a frenzy of chauvinism, with their actions and rhetoric, are igniting the flames of war. (…) We are determined to defend our home, our families. History has many examples of how Belarusians repelled an invasion from the West. Don’t be in a hurry to experience it firsthand,” the appeal addressed to the Polish people read.
Błaszczak did not rule out that this appeal heralds further provocations on the Polish-Belarusian border. “That’s why we decided to move troops closer to the border, to deter the aggressor,” he explained….