Poland accuses Belarus of airspace violation

Poland accuses Belarus of airspace violation

Warsaw's accusations are 'far-fetched,' responds Belarusian Defense Ministry

By Aysu Bicer

LONDON (AA) – Poland on Tuesday accused Belarus of airspace violation, Polish news agency PAP reported, citing the Foreign Ministry.

According to reports, helicopters were spotted flying over the Bialowieza area near the Polish-Belarusian border, prompting the Polish Foreign Ministry to issue a strong protest.

“Due to the violation of the airspace of the Republic of Poland by two Belarusian helicopters on August 1, 2023, the Charge d'affaires of the Embassy of Belarus was urgently summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland,” the ministry said in a statement.

Poland called on the Belarusian side to explain the incident immediately and in detail, according to the statement.

“The Polish side emphasized that the incident is perceived as another element of the escalation of tension on the Polish-Belarusian border. Poland expects Belarus to refrain from this type of activity," it added.

The Belarusian Defense Ministry, however, denied Poland’s claims in a statement, saying that Warsaw's accusations are “far-fetched” and were made to “justify the build-up of its forces and means near the Belarusian border.”


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