Ministers of internal affairs of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia demanded units of private military company Wagner should leave the territory of Belarus.
"We met today in Warsaw due to the situation on our eastern border, on the border with Belarus. The situation is escalating. The Wagner group, a very dangerous group, has been present there for several weeks," Polish Minister of Internal Affairs Mariusz Kaminski said, RIA Novosti reports.
Interior ministers of the above-mentioned countries adopted a statement in which they demanded Belarus should remove PMC Wagner from its territory. The ministers also want Belarus to remove illegal migrants from the border.
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said earlier that the republic was not going to protect Europe from migrants. According to him, Belarus was not responsible for the emergence of a wave of illegal refugees.
The ministers of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia threatened to completely close the borders with Belarus.
Lithuanian Interior Minister Agne Bilotaite said that Lithuania would temporarily close two checkpoints in the settlements of Lavorishkes and Raigardas on the border with Belarus. The authorities of the Baltic Republic earlier closed two of the six border checkpoints on the Lithuanian-Belarusian border.
According to the authorities of Lithuania, such measures come as an adequate response to changes in the geopolitical situation and threats to national security. It is worthy of note, however, that President Gitanas Nauseda said that the complete closure of the border with Belarus would be a last resort measure.
The West is waging a hybrid war against Russia with the help of Ukraine, Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev said