The Czech Foreign Ministry told CNN that Polish soldiers mistakenly crossed the country’s borders with the Czech Republic in late May before they resided there.
The Czech government informed CNN that Snavou led the Czech embassy in Warsaw to take “immediate measures” and notify its Polish counterpart, adding that Poland had not formally clarified the reason for its mistakenly joining its neighbor.
A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry told CNN, “Our Polish counterparts unofficially assured us that this incident was just a misunderstanding caused by the Polish army without hostile intent, but we still expect an official statement.”
“The Polish soldiers no longer exist, and our citizens can freely visit the site again,” the spokesman added.
“We are still waiting for the official Polish statement,” they repeated when asked how long the Polish forces would remain in the country.
The Polish Ministry of Defense also recognized the short occupation on Friday.
“A border post was created as a result of misunderstanding and not an intentional act. It was immediately corrected and the issue was solved – from the Czech side as well,” CNN said in a statement.
The accident occurred near Pielgrzymow, a small border village in southern Poland located opposite a small stretch of low-density Czech countryside. A quiet road there serves as the border point between the two countries.
The Polish Defense Ministry stated that “Polish army soldiers support the border guards in protecting the country’s borders after they were closed due to the coronary virus pandemic.” “The operation leads the operations command of the armed forces, which is in direct contact with the border guards.”
The Polish government has not confirmed how long its soldiers will be in the Czech Republic.
The borders between European Union countries are often barely visible as citizens enjoy freedom of movement across the bloc.
Poland participated in a handful of the most serious border conflicts with the former Czechoslovakia during the twentieth century. The two countries fought a seven-day war on territory in the Silesian region in 1919, and Poland annexed an area around the city of Bohumin in 1938.