COMMENTS: Marcin Karwowski

Government to restore the buffer zone on eastern border

Samochod-patrolowy-Strazy-Granicznej-2048×1536 Border patrol car. Source: Border Guard

Prime Minister Donald Tusk announced the buffer zone on the border with Belarus would be restored. At the same time, he pledged greater support, including equipment and legal means for the soldiers and officers serving there.

Prime Minister Donald Tusk, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz and Minister of Interior and Administration Tomasz Siemoniak held a conference in Dublicze Cerkiewne in eastern Poland. They politicians talked about the soldiers and officers serving near the Polish-Belarusian border.

“Today we made a joint decision, together with the military command, the Border Guard and the police, that we will launch all measures in terms of logistics, equipment, but also legal measures so that your service is safe from the point of view of the state. As safe as possible, from your point of view and effective in terms of the purpose of your mission, namely the protection of the border,” said Prime Minister Tusk.

The PM said that the government would restore the 200-meter-wide buffer zone. At the same time, he pledged to increase police forces involved in guarding the eastern border

“Yesterday general Sokołowski, commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, decided to send more platoons to the border with the most experienced units. Experienced soldiers from the 6th Airborne Brigade and the  Air Cavalry Brigade are already here. Additional equipment has been provided, you can count on everything that is available in the resources of the Polish Army,” said Deputy Prime Minister Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz.

On May 28, a migrant attacked a soldier of the Polish Army. The stabbed soldier was assisted by a Border Guard officer. The soldier is currently in the hospital in a serious condition. There were also two attacks on border guards on the same day, one with a broken bottle and the other with a knife attached to a stick.

Prime Minister’s Office / Marcin Karwowski