Polish residents in the northeast region of the country have found themselves unable to use their phones, as the signal has been interfered with by the Russian and Belarusian militaries.
Security forces located at the Polish-Russian border emit such powerful signals that the Polish cell networks are completely suppressed. As a result, Polish citizens in the area have no choice but to pay roaming fees or buy Russian sim cards, according to UAWire. Some have turned to using pay phones, which are a rare find in this day and age.
Apparently, this is not a new problem for Polish people in the area. The Polish Law and Justice political party (known as PiS) has been attempting to find a resolution to the issue, but to no avail.
“Polish citizens should have the right to use Polish cell phone network providers,” said PiS Parliament member Wojciech Kossakowski to Current Events Poland.
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Kossakowski and other members of Parliament have tried to find an effective solution, even going so far as to install new Polish signal towers across the border. However, nothing has worked, sparking some fear that the Russian military is intentionally jamming Polish cell signals.
"It turned out that not being able to use Polish network providers was not due to the lack of signal," said Kossakowski to Current Day Poland. "Installing new signal transmitters nearer to the border is not an answer. Could it be that Russians disrupt the signal on purpose? I hope this is not the case."
Since Russia's 2014 invasion of the Crimean peninsula, countries like Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have been increasingly worried about a possible attack in the future, according to the Daily Mail. Cell signal suppression is only the latest incident leading some to believe that Russia is planning a military invasion of Poland.
The Atlantic Council, a think tank focusing on international affairs, released a document in July calling on NATO to increase its defense of the former-Soviet states, saying that an attack on Poland could happen "overnight," according to the Mail.
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"Even if Moscow currently has no immediate intent to challenge [NATO] directly, this may unexpectedly change overnight and can be implemented with great speed, following already prepared plans. The capability to do so is, to a large extent, in place," the report reads.
NATO defense ministers have recently agreed to create a multi-national force of 4,000 troops to aid the defense of Poland and other Baltic states.