Czech government approves sending troops to Poland-Belarus border

Migrants at the Belarusian-Polish border in the Grodno region.Leonid Shcheglov / BELTA / AFP

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SULAIMANI — The government of the Czech Republic approved on Wednesday (December 8) a plan to send 150 of the country’s troops to Poland’s border with Belarus to stop migrants from crossing the border, Reuters said.

The move still has to be approved by the Czech Republic’s parliament, and if passed, would make the country the third to send troops to aid Poland at the border, after Estonia and the UK.

Czech Defense Minister Lubomir Metnar, as cited by Reuters, said Poland has requested engineering units to build and repair barriers at the border and units to monitor the border, adding Czech troops would not be directly in contact with those trying to cross.

The European Union has criticized Belarus for manufacturing the migrant crisis at the border with Poland in retaliation for sanctions against the country.

It is estimated at least a few thousand migrants are still in Belarus. The Iraqi Ministry of Transportation said over 3,000 migrants have returned from Minsk so far.

(NRT Digital Media)