US gives 'strong' backing to Poland against Belarus
WASHINGTON, Nov 25, 2021 (BSS/AFP) - President Joe Biden's national
security advisor, Jake Sullivan, informed his Polish counterpart Wednesday of
"strong" US support for Poland in its tussle with Belarus over migrants
trapped on the two countries' border.
Sullivan "conveyed strong support for Poland in the face of the
(Belarussian President Alexander) Lukashenko regime's actions that created a
migration crisis," a White House statement said.
In a call between Sullivan and Polish National Security Bureau Chief Pawel
Soloch, the Biden aide also emphasized "strong bilateral cooperation on
defense issues and welcomed ongoing efforts to strengthen NATO's deterrence
posture," the statement said.
"They also exchanged views on Russian military activities near Ukraine."
Poland accuses Belarus of deliberately stoking a political and human rights
crisis by luring desperate migrants -- mostly from the Middle East -- with
promises of easy entry to Poland and the European Union.
Belarus denies this, while Poland says that Belarussian backer Russia is
also participating in an attempt to destabilize the European Union.
On Wednesday, Human Rights Watch said Belarussian border guards are abusing
migrants to the point of torture, but also said Poland is part of "serious
human rights violations."