Cuban authorities are in contact with Poland with the aim of identifying 35 Cuban citizens who are stranded in the border area that separates Poland from Belarus, the Cuban Foreign Ministry informed on Sunday, March 13, 2022.
Diplomats from the Cuban embassy in Poland are maintaining exchanges with Polish authorities in order to gather information on the situation of the Cubans, said Ernesto Soberon, Director of Consular Affairs and Cuban Residents Abroad of the Cuban Foreign Ministry.
Several media outlets have reported that the group of Cubans are in a desperate situation and have been “tricked” by Polish border police who separated the group and dispersed them along the border with Belarus.
@EmbaCuba_Pol mantendrá el intercambio con las autoridades polacas para obtener la información solicitada sobre la situación de estos cubanos.
Nuestra oficina consular en Varsovia continuará brindando asistencia consular a nuestros nacionales.
— Ernesto Soberón (@SoberonGuzman) March 13, 2022
The group of migrants is now divided. Among the 35 members are men and women, including a pregnant woman, as well as four children between 5 and 10 years old.
The Cubans are in a wooded area, amid the risk of returning to a war zone and low temperatures. The group, coming from Russia – a visa-free country for Cubans – has expressed its refusal to return to Cuba.
Recently, the Minrex indicated that it remains attentive to the arrival of Cubans in Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Poland, coming from Ukrainian soil. The Ministry indicated that it is in communication with these people.
The Cuban Foreign Ministry ratified that the diplomatic missions in the aforementioned countries will provide information and consular attention to all those who require it.
Since February 24, when the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, more than 250 citizens of the island have returned from Russia, according to official data provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In his Twitter account, Soberón clarified that the Cuban consulate in Ukraine is keeping in touch with the nationals who are in that country, now at war.
The objective, he said, is to provide the necessary assistance and support any steps for the return of those Cubans to the island.