US Director of National Intelligence visits Poland
Avril Haines, US Director of National Intelligence on Friday met Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki to discuss an ongoing migrant crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border.
Avril Haines, US Director of National Intelligence and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki Photo: Krystian Maj/KPRM
Morawiecki wrote in a social media post that the visit “clearly shows our NATO allies’ commitment to security on the alliance’s eastern flank.”
“We cooperate to come up with new solutions to secure Poland, Europe and NATO from such threats today and in the future,” he added.
During her visit to Poland, Haines also met Poland’s Interior Minister Mariusz Kamiński, as well as Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak.
The months-long migrant crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border has escalated in recent days, with Poland, the European Union and its member states, as well as NATO and the United States accusing Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko of orchestrating the standoff in retaliation for Western sanctions against his regime.
Lukashenko has denied luring vulnerable people, including Kurds from the Middle East, with the false promise of easy access to the EU and sending them across the bloc’s border.
Polish lawmakers on Wednesday backed a government plan to strengthen the country’s borders amid the migrant crisis on its frontier with Belarus.