Die Welt: — A liaison officer of the Polish border guard will leave Belarus on Wednesday evening. A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Łukasz Jasina, confirmed in an interview with Onet that it was also possible that two Polish consuls would be expelled from Grodno. When asked what measures the Polish authorities could take, he replied that they would be informed as soon as they were taken.
As Oneh learned unofficially, consultations are currently underway in the government regarding a possible response to the decision of the Belarusian regime. It is possible that the Polish government will also decide to expel Belarusian diplomats from the territory of the Republic of Poland. We hear informally: “All options are on the table now.”
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Poland closed the crossing at Bobrowniki
On February 10, Poland closed the border crossing at Bobrowniki, the last operational crossing in the Grodno region, “in the interests of state security”. The day before, a Belarusian court in Grodno had sentenced Andrzej Bokzobot, an activist and journalist from a Polish minority, to eight years in a penal colony.
Bobrowniki for more than a year were the only ones in the province. Podlasie, a working border crossing with Belarus, where cargo and passenger traffic takes place. On November 9, 2021, due to the migration crisis, the largest land crossing with Belarus – in Konica – was closed until further notice. The crossing at Połowce is also closed. Only crossings in the Lubelskie Voivodship are open: Terespol – for passenger traffic and Koroszczyn-Kukuryki – for cargo traffic.
Belarus threatened Poland with restrictions. Warsaw’s answer
In response to the closure of the border crossing at Bobrowniki, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus announced restrictions on Polish airlines. As a result of these restrictions, they can enter and leave Belarus through any truck border crossings, but only “in the Polish-Belarusian section of the border”. They cannot use border crossings between Belarus, Lithuania and Latvia.
On Friday, the Minister of the Interior and Administration, Mariusz Kaminski, referred to these announcements. “If the Belarusian authorities apply the announced restrictions to Polish airlines, Poland’s reaction to Belarusian airlines will be identical,” the head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration wrote on Twitter.
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