NATO allies express concern over the presence of Wagner Group mercenaries in Belarus, near the border with Poland.
Why it matters
The presence of Russian-linked mercenaries in Belarus raises concerns about regional security and potential destabilization in Eastern Europe.
What the papers say
Al Jazeera reports that NATO allies are worried about the presence of Wagner Group mercenaries in Belarus, accusing Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko of opening the migration route as an act of hybrid warfare. AP News also highlights the concerns of NATO allies and mentions that Poland has increased its military presence along the border in response. The Independent and AP News both mention the tensions at the Poland-Belarus border due to the arrival of migrants from the Middle East and Africa, with Poland accusing Russia and Belarus of using the migrants to destabilize the region.
How we got here
Tensions at the Poland-Belarus border have been ongoing for the past couple of years, with large numbers of migrants and refugees attempting to enter Poland and Lithuania. The arrival of Wagner Group mercenaries in Belarus has further heightened concerns.
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