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Putin observes war games with Belarus that worry neighbors

Sep. 13, 2021 16:23 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has observed military exercises being conducted in coordination with Belarus that have raised concerns in bordering countries. Putin on Monday attended exercises at a training ground in the Nizhny Novgorod region, 450...

Merkel calls migrant push at EU's border 'unacceptable'

Sep. 11, 2021 11:41 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday that she found it unacceptable that refugees were being used to apply pressure to Poland and other European Union members on the border with Belarus. Speaking at a news conference during what she said...

Polish lawmakers uphold state of emergency at Belarus border

Sep. 06, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s parliament voted Monday to uphold the state of emergency along the border with Belarus that was declared last week amid migration pressure. The vote came after Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told lawmakers that the country faces a...

EU leader 'deplores' Belarus behavior amid migrant standoff

Sep. 03, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A top European Union official condemned Belarus and expressed support for Poland, Lithuania and Latvia on Friday as a state of emergency took effect in areas of eastern Poland following a surge in illegal migration. EU foreign affairs chief Josep...

EXPLAINER: Why Poland declared state of emergency at border

Sep. 02, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish President Andrzej Duda declared a state of emergency in areas along the border with Belarus Thursday, following a surge in illegal migration. Poland is now the third European Union member to impose a state of emergency in areas bordering...

Poland plans fence on Belarus border, offers aid to migrants

Aug. 23, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland plans to build a fence along its border with Belarus and deploy more soldiers there to stop migrants seeking to enter the European Union nation. The government on Monday also offered to send humanitarian aid to a migrant group stuck at the...

Refugee group: 32 Afghans trapped between Poland and Belarus

Aug. 20, 2021 15:06 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish refugee rights group said Friday that 32 people who fled Afghanistan before the Taliban takeover have been trapped for 12 days in an area between Poland and Belarus, caught in a standoff between the two neighbors. The group, Fundacja...

EU condemns Belarus for 'direct attack' using migrants

Aug. 18, 2021 14:37 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Wednesday condemned what it called Belarus’s “aggressive behavior” in organizing illegal border crossings with migrants into Latvia, Lithuania and Poland with the aim of destabilizing the 27-nation bloc. So far this year, more...

Lithuanian migrant crisis enters new phase as influx ceases

Aug. 14, 2021 04:48 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — An influx of migrants from Iraq and elsewhere into Lithuania allegedly abetted by neighboring Belarus appears to have stopped, but with a pile of asylum applications to process and local communities angry about nearby migrant camps, the Lithuanian government faces...

Latvia declares state of emergency along its Belarus border

Aug. 10, 2021 11:59 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Latvia declared a state of emergency Tuesday at its Belarus border, authorizing the border guards but also armed forces and police to use physical force to return migrants to the country from which they came. Latvia, like neighboring...