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The leaders of the Visegrad countries reaffirmed their solidarity in regards to the migration pressures on Poland’s eastern border in their joint meeting in Budapest on Tuesday. At a press conference following the meeting, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki thanked his partners Eduard Heger of Slovakia, Andrej Babis of the Czech Republic and Viktor Orbán of Hungary for their support.

Mateusz Morawiecki said the migration crisis was a smaller part of a larger story of a new political crisis now taking place, in which Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko was working with the mafia and human traffickers to put pressure on the European Union.

The crisis, he said, is exacerbated by other threats that cannot be overlooked, such as Russia moving armed forces within its country. In addition, the energy crisis is also being caused by the fact that “our opponents have more and more tools at their disposal,” which are used to constantly spread disinformation, he claimed.

The Polish Prime Minister stated that there was no conflict within the four Visegrad countries, and agreed with what Viktor Orbán had stated in 2015: countries must decide for themselves who can be allowed to enter their borders, which is why they must be protected.

Poland protects the external borders of both the European Union and NATO, said Mateusz Morawiecki, and together with the Baltic countries, it demonstrates what real solidarity looks like. He also discussed how diplomatic cooperation had already yielded results, with fewer migrants arriving at Polish borders than two or even three weeks ago.

[444, via MTI][Photo: Viktor Orbán / Facebook]

By Steven N.

Steven is the editor-in-chief of Hungarian Politics. He has been following the political scene in Hungary and the Central European region more or less since 1994.