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    Why Tensions Have Been Growing Along NATO’s Eastern Border with Belarus

    Why Tensions Have Been Growing Along NATO's Eastern Border with Belarus

    WARSAW, — Poland is deploying thousands of troops to its border with , calling it a deterrent move as tensions between the two neighbors ratchet up. Those tensions between Poland — a NATO and European Union country — and Belarus, which is Russia's ally in its war on , have been building up in recent months on the border.

    Here is why:

    Origins of the tensions

    Poland has been backing the Belarusian opposition ever since the 2020 presidential elections, where pro-Russian Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko won a sixth term in a vote that Poland and the wider Western community saw as rigged.

    In 2021, Belarus began organizing and pushing thousands of migrants from the Middle East and across the border into Poland. The move is seen by Poland and the EU as planned with the Kremlin and intended to cause instability in Europe. Poland's right-wing government, hostile to the idea of accepting migrants, built a $400,000 wall that substantially reduced the inflow.

    After Russia's Feb. 24, 2022, invasion of Ukraine, Poland condemned the attack and has been supporting Kyiv with military equipment, political backing, and humanitarian aid, including hosting more than 1.2 million refugees. Belarus is on Russia's side in the conflict, and Poland is participating in international economic sanctions on both countries.

    Recent actions by Belarus and Russia

    Belarusian state officials and pro-government…

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