Poland Attempting To Draw NATO into Confrontation with Belarus
Nov. 15, 2021 (EIRNS)—Poland is seeking to draw NATO into its border crisis with Belarus. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told the Polish Press Agency (PAP) yesterday that Poland is in consultations with Lithuania and Latvia about invoking Article 4 of the NATO Treaty. “It seems that it is needed more and more. It is not enough to publicly express our concern. Now concrete steps and the commitment of the whole alliance are needed,” Morawiecki said.
“There is no doubt that the matter has gone too far,” Morawiecki explained.
“We already know that in order to stop the Belarusian regime, words alone are insufficient. We are aware that stronger sanctions will be necessary. In the current situation, I am talking every day with the leaders of European countries on the matter of the crisis on the Belarusian border. We are working very closely with the prime ministers of Lithuania and Latvia.”
Article 4 provides that NATO members can “consult together whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the Parties is threatened.” Presumably, Poland experiences all that threat from about 3,000 migrants trying to enter the country, more than 10 of whom have been reported, already, to have frozen to death.