Poland is considering building a barrier along its border with Russia to stop the entry of African and Asian migrants who Warsaw suspects could be used in a “hybrid warfare” campaign.

With the tension surrounding the war in Ukraine, of Poland fears a repeat of the 2021 crisis, when thousands of African and Middle Eastern migrants tried to cross the border from Belarus.

At that time, Minsk denied organizing the situation by transporting people who wanted to join the European Union, instead blaming Warsaw and Brussels for it. a humanitarian crisis that has resulted in several deaths in the forests on the border.

In November of last year, near the Belarusian-Polish border in the Grodno region, migrants stood in line for food

Senior Polish official Krzysztof Sobalewski, who is secretary general of the ruling Law and Justice party, said they were considering building a fence on the border with Kaliningrad province in eastern Russia, similar to the one built on the border with Belarus.

“We will need to strengthen our forces on this section of the border and also consider the… construction of a similar border
fortifications to those that are now on the Polish-Belarusian section,” he said in an interview with the public broadcaster Polskie Radio 1.

“All the walls are falling down”

Kaliningrad has opened its skies to flights from the Middle East and Asia in a bid to attract more airlines and tourists, Russian media reported.

The press secretary of the Kremlin, Dmitriy Piaskov, called the construction of dams “stupidity”.

He stated this at a briefing in Moscow: “History proves the folly of decisions to build walls every time, because after years or decades all walls fall.”

Poland has built a 5.5-meter (18-foot) steel barrier equipped with motion sensors and cameras that stretches about 116 miles (187 km) along its border with Belarus.

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The Polish border service said it will choose a firm to build the Kaliningrad barrier by the end of November.

The system will be built during the first three quarters of next year and will cover about 125 miles (200 km) of the border, according to PAP, the state news agency.

Mr. Sobalewski said that more migrants from Kaliningrad are expected to try to move to Poland in the near future.