Soldiers patrol the Polish-Czech border during the coronavirus pandemic.

Poland unintentionally invaded the Czech Republic very last month

Polish troopers mistakenly crossed the country’s border with Czech Republic in late May perhaps before location up there, the Czech international ministry instructed CNN.

The troopers, who experienced been guarding pieces of the shut Polish-Czech border through the coronavirus pandemic, then began turning absent Czech citizens who ended up making an attempt to pay a visit to a church in their own nation.

The snafu led the Czech embassy in Warsaw to consider “immediate action” and notify its Polish counterpart, the Czech government explained to CNN, introducing that Poland has nevertheless not formally described why it mistakenly annexed its neighbor.

“Our Polish counterparts unofficially confident us that this incident was basically a misunderstanding caused by the Polish military with no hostile intention, even so, we are continue to expecting a official assertion,” a Overseas Ministry spokesperson advised CNN.

“The Polish troopers are no extended existing and our citizens can once again visit the web page freely,” the spokesperson additional.

“We are nevertheless waiting for the formal Polish assertion,” they recurring when asked how extended Polish troops have been in the place.

Poland’s Ministry of Defense also acknowledged the transient profession on Friday.

“The placement of the border write-up was a final result of misunderstanding, not a deliberate act. It was corrected quickly and the circumstance was resolved — also by the Czech side,” it explained to CNN in a statement.

The incident transpired close to Pielgrzymow, a little border village in southern Poland that sits reverse a sparsely populated extend of Czech countryside. A quiet road there serves as the boundary stage amongst the two nations.

“Troopers of the Polish Military support the Border Guard in preserving the condition border just after its closure due to the coronavirus pandemic,” the Polish Defense Ministry explained. “The procedure is led by Armed Forces Operational Command, which is in immediate get in touch with with the Border Guard.”

The Polish governing administration did not validate how lengthy its troopers have been existing in the Czech Republic.

Borders among European Union countries are generally barely noticeable as citizens love liberty of movement across the bloc.

But the coronavirus pandemic has sophisticated that longstanding arrangement, with nations shutting off entry to foreigners to management the unfold of the virus. Poland has blocked persons from moving into the state since March.

Poland was concerned in a handful of more serious border conflicts with the previous Czechoslovakia for the duration of the 20th century. The two nations fought a seven-working day war more than territory in the Silesia region in 1919, and Poland annexed a area about the metropolis of Bohumin in 1938.