Security forces in Poland on Tuesday deployed water cannons and used tear gas on migrants who attempted to cross the Polish-Belarusian border.
Poland’s Border Guard said migrants had been throwing objects at security personnel. Limited access to the area due to Poland’s state of emergency has presented a challenge to the media, in terms of independently verifying versions of events.
Russia has condemned Poland’s use of force, with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov telling media in Moscow: “The behavior of the Polish side is absolutely unacceptable.” According to Russian media, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has discussed the humanitarian situation with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg lent his support to Poland, saying the defense alliance was concerned about Lukashenko’s using migrants as a “hybrid tactic” against other countries.
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