Polish President Andrzej Duda called for more effective assistance from NATO, citing Russia’s aggressive behavior. The politician wants NATO planes to patrol the alliance’s eastern borders and is asking for more soldiers to enter the area, according to Euronews.
According to EUobserver, Duda said during his visit to NATO headquarters:
We need to ask ourselves if this is the time for NATO to respond once again, at least temporarily, to confirm its existence.
Meanwhile, Polish public radio reported that the Senate had approved a bill that would allow media and NGOs that assist migrants to enter border areas. The European Union and human rights organizations have complained that the press cannot write freely from the region and that NGOs cannot help families who have fled.
The bill would even have to be passed by the Chamber of Deputies and signed by President Andrzej Duda, which would allow the authorities to continue to prevent entry to certain parts of the border, depending on the situation.
According to the Polish Border Agency, there have been more than 37,000 attempted illegal border crossings from Belarus into Poland this year, more than 8,000 of them in November alone.
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