Prime Minister Kallas in Meeting with Mateusz Morawiecki: The Hybrid Attack on the Belarusian-EU Border Shows No Signs of Stopping

21.11.2021 | 00:00

Stenbock House, 21 November 2021 – In Tallinn today, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas discussed with her Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki security in our region and how to reinforce it through international cooperation. The Polish Prime Minister will also be visiting Latvia and Lithuania today as part of his short visit to the Baltic States.
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The Estonian head of government thanked Poland for its effective defence of the external border of the EU and NATO and confirmed that Estonia would help its neighbour in coping with the situation by providing both diplomatic and practical support.

Following the meeting, Prime Minister Kallas said that the hybrid attack on the Belarusian-EU border was showing no signs of stopping. “We are predicting that the pressure towards the external border of the EU and NATO by Alexander Lukashenko will continue because the Belarusian regime has so far failed to achieve its objectives,” she remarked. “The immediate enforcement of new and stronger sanctions is one of the keys to responding to this hybrid attack. Maintaining the standoff for as long as possible is in the interests of the Belarusian regime, since it takes the focus away from the brutal repressions and human rights violations it continues to inflict on its own people.”

The Estonian head of government said it is very important that the European Union and its partners have unambiguously grasped the nature and intent of the hybrid attack. “It is crucial that the messages we send out are the same and that we all follow one plan of action,” she said. “We all share the common goal: ensuring European security and unity.” Prime Minister Kallas said that in addition to effective sanctions, diplomatic pressure must continue to be placed on the countries whose citizens are being used to stage the hybrid attack, and that it is also important to contribute to alleviating the humanitarian situation in Belarus so that those who are drawn there on false pretences receive help from humanitarian organisations and have the chance to return to their home countries. Here the focus has to be on the Lukashenko regime – Minsk must provide UN aid organisations with full and unhindered access in Belarus.

During their meeting, Prime Ministers Kallas and Morawiecki also discussed support for Ukraine. “We are keeping a very close eye on Russian military manoeuvres close to the Ukrainian border,” the Estonian head of state confirmed. “Russia has become increasingly aggressive towards Ukraine in its rhetoric of late and there seems to be an intent on making relations between the two countries even more tense. Our aim in working together as allies is to prevent any military escalation.”

The Estonia and Polish heads of government agreed that NATO’s presence in our region for defence and deterrence purposes should be bolstered and that cooperation on this front should be intensified.

Photos: Raigo Paljula

Government Communication Unit