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Germany pledges to support Poland as it plans to fend off threat from Wagner

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Germany’s Defence Minister has pledged support for Poland in the event the NATO member’s eastern border comes under attack from Belarus or Russia.

On Friday, Minister Boris Pistorius indicated in Prague that Germany and NATO are prepared to assist Poland in securing its eastern flank.

Mr Pistorius emphasised that if Poland wants assistance, it will receive it since they are trusted NATO members.

He said: “Where the Polish partners need support, they will receive it,

“They are NATO partners and reliable NATO allies, so we can confidently say that we are prepared.”

Read More Poland preparing for ‘various scenarios’ as Wagner trains Belarusian army

Poland’s Defence Ministry has declared they are keeping a careful eye on the situation at the Belarusian border and are prepared for “various scenarios”.

This comes after the Wagner Group, the Russian mercenary group, began training Belarusian special forces at a military base on the border with the NATO member.

In a statement, the Polish defence ministry said: “Poland’s borders are secure, we are monitoring the situation on our eastern border on an ongoing basis and we are prepared for various scenarios as the situation develops.

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Poland’s intention to beef up its military along the Belarusian border has alarmed the Kremlin.

The Kremlin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, recognised the action, saying that Poland’s assertiveness is a serious source of concern for Russia.

Peskov told reporters: “Of course it is a cause for concern. The aggressiveness of Poland is a reality.

“Such a hostile attitude towards Belarus and the Russian Federation requires heightened attention [from our side].”

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On Thursday (July 20), mercenaries from Russia’s Wagner military company commenced joint exercises with the Belarusian military near the Polish border after relocating to Belarus following their short-lived rebellion.

The Belarusian Defense Ministry announced that the week-long drills would take place at a firing range near the border city of Brest and involve Belarusian special forces.

The ministry emphasized that Wagner’s combat expertise would aid in the modernization of the Belarusian military.

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