PM meets with Polish counterpart amidst Belarus border crisis

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today met with Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki in Downing Street, amidst the central European country’s ongoing border crisis with Belarus.

Morawiecki and various other world leaders have accused Belarus’s authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko, backed by Russian premier Vladimir Putin, of sending migrants to the Polish border due to fury over EU sanctions on the Lukashenko regime.

Morawiecki has urged the EU to pay for a barrier to halt the movement of migrants into Poland.

He has also publicly threatened to shut the border entirely.

The UK has vowed to stand “shoulder to shoulder” with Poland over the issue, and has deployed troops to the area to aid Polish authorities.

“We are very, very grateful to you [Morawiecki] for visiting us, for coming to Number 10, to London,” Johnson said this morning.

“Because this is a moment where we can reaffirm our commitment to the relationship but also to standing shoulder to shoulder with Poland against those who would try to provoke a migrant crisis, for instance, on Polish borders.”