KGB agent not invited by Polish gov't to forum, dep minister says

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The Polish government did not invite an alleged Belarusian KGB officer to the Karpacz Economic Forum, a deputy foreign minister has insisted.

Polish media raised the alarm over the presence of Yuri Voskresenskyi, who apparently specialises in extracting information from political prisoners for the Alexander Lukashenko regime, at the forum, which attracts leading members of the government.

Marcin Przydacz told the public radio station Polish Radio24 on Thursday that "the person has not been invited by the Polish government to the conference.

"That's because neither the Polish government nor the Foreign Ministry is the organiser of the Karpacz Economic Forum," Przydacz added.

He also said the organisers usually send invitations to around 12,000 every year and that "different persons" could be among those invited.

Przydacz said Voskresenskyi had not met any Polish officials and was not blacklisted by the EU.

On Wednesday Michal Dworczyk, the head of the Prime Minister's Office, said: "This matter needs to be clarified by the organisers... If the reports prove true, conclusions will certainly be drawn."

Asked if Polish intelligence services were aware of Voskresenskyi's presence at the forum, Dworczyk said he only found out about it from social media on Tuesday evening.

Voskresenskyi's attendance at the forum was first reported by Belarusian opposition journalist Tadeusz Giczan from the NEXTA channel.

According to Giczan, Voskresenskyi said he had been invited because the Poles wanted to "rebuild bridges" with Belarus.

Poland's relations with Belarus are currently under pressure because of a migrant crisis on both countries' common border.