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Poland, Baltics Tell Belarus to Expel Russian Mercenaries

Poland, Baltics Tell Belarus to Expel Russian Mercenaries
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Poland, Baltics Tell Belarus to Expel Russian Mercenaries

Poland and Baltic Nations Call on Belarus to Expel Russian Mercenaries

(Bloomberg) — Poland and the Baltic nations called on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to expel Russian mercenaries from his country and agreed on a plan to potentially shut the border in response to escalating tension.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Emphasized:

  1. Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
  2. Partnerships for the Goals

In the event of an armed incident or an organized influx of migrants across the frontier, Poland and the Baltic states — Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia — will coordinate on shutting the border with Belarus, the four nations agreed in Warsaw on Monday. They warned of the threat posed by Wagner mercenaries even after the death this month of the group’s leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin.

Actions Taken:

  • Coordination on shutting the border with Belarus
  • Deployment of additional troops to the border by Polish authorities
  • Call for the “complete isolation” of Belarus by a senior official in Warsaw
  • Shrinking of Wagner camps within Belarus
  • Return of many mercenaries to Russia, according to Ukrainian authorities
  • Host military drills with allies from the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization by Belarus in September
  • Closure of two more checkpoints with Belarus by Lithuania

“We’re expecting potential incidents — also of a military nature — carried out with the members of that group,” Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski told reporters. “We are determined to undertake joint action” at the frontier, he said, adding that the mechanisms also count for the states’ direct borders with Russia.

Authorities on NATO’s eastern flank raised the alarm in recent weeks after the mercenaries decamped to Belarus, part of a deal with Prigozhin after his failed mutiny against Russia’s military leadership in late June. Polish authorities announced the deployment of additional troops to the border, while a senior official in Warsaw called for the “complete isolation” of Belarus.

But even before Prigozhin’s death in a plane crash this month — Russian investigators confirmed Saturday that he was on board the aircraft that went down — reports emerged that Wagner camps within Belarus were shrinking, while Ukrainian authorities said many mercenaries were returning to Russia.

“Considering that Prigozhin is no longer there, the anxiety has decreased a bit,” Latvian Interior Minister Maris Kucinskis told TV3 before the meeting.

Still, with Russia’s war in Ukraine in its 18th month, leaders in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization have been on alert. Belarus plans to host military drills with allies from the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization during the first week of September. Key exercises will take place along the Polish border in western Belarus.

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has said Wagner personnel have been deployed near Suwalki, a narrow strip of the Polish-Lithuania border, almost equidistant between Belarus and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea. The 100-kilometer (62-mile) corridor has been identified by NATO officials as a potentially vulnerable choke point separating the Baltic member states from the rest of the military alliance and the EU.

The border area has also been a source of tensions since 2021, when Belarus sent migrants from the Middle East and Africa into Poland and the Baltic states, a move decried by EU authorities who said it was meant to create havoc and destabilize the region.

“We are ready to act in a united fashion to come to the rescue, to take decisive decisions — including closure of the border,” Lithuanian Interior Minister Agne Bilotaite told reporters on Monday. Lithuania plans to close two more of its six checkpoints with Belarus after shutting two earlier this month.

–With assistance from Aaron Eglitis.

(Updates with comments from Polish minister, further context, from third paragraph.)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Addressed:

  1. Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
  2. Partnerships for the Goals

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SDGs, Targets, and Indicators

SDGs Targets Indicators
SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions Target 16.1: Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere No specific indicators mentioned in the article
SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions Target 16.3: Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all No specific indicators mentioned in the article
SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions Target 16.4: By 2030, significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets, and combat all forms of organized crime No specific indicators mentioned in the article
SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions Target 16.5: Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms No specific indicators mentioned in the article
SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions Target 16.7: Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory, and representative decision-making at all levels No specific indicators mentioned in the article
SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions Target 16.9: By 2030, provide legal identity for all, including birth registration No specific indicators mentioned in the article
SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions Target 16.a: Strengthen relevant national institutions, including through international cooperation, for building capacity at all levels, in particular in developing countries, to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime No specific indicators mentioned in the article
SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions Target 16.b: Promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development No specific indicators mentioned in the article
SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions Target 16.c: Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory, and representative decision-making at all levels No specific indicators mentioned in the article
SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals Target 17.14: Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development No specific indicators mentioned in the article
SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals Target 17.16: Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology, and financial resources No specific indicators mentioned in the article

1. Which SDGs are addressed or connected to the issues highlighted in the article?

The issues highlighted in the article are connected to SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions and SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals.

2. What specific targets under those SDGs can be identified based on the article’s content?

Based on the article’s content, the specific targets that can be identified are:

  • Target 16.1: Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere
  • Target 16.3: Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all
  • Target 16.4: By 2030, significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets, and combat all forms of organized crime
  • Target 16.5: Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms
  • Target 16.7: Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory, and representative decision-making at all levels
  • Target 16.9: By 2030, provide legal identity for all, including birth registration
  • Target 16.a: Strengthen relevant national institutions, including through international cooperation, for building capacity at all levels, in particular in developing countries, to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime
  • Target 16.b: Promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development
  • Target 16.c: Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory, and representative decision-making at all levels
  • Target 17.14: Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development
  • Target 17.16: Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology, and financial resources

3. Are there any indicators mentioned or implied in the article that can be used to measure progress towards the identified targets?

No specific indicators are mentioned or implied in the article that can be used to measure progress towards the identified targets.

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