Polish PM, FM, Tsikhanouskaya discuss Belarus crisis

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Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki and FM Jacek Czaputowicz on Monday spoke on the telephone with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, main opposition candidate in the recent and currently mass-protested presidential election in Belarus.

Recounting the conversation on Twitter, Morawiecki wrote that he assured Tsikhanouskaya of Poland's support for freedom trends in Belarus. He added that he also told her about support offered to the Belarusian community in Poland.

During his conversation, Czaputowicz declared Poland's support for dialogue in Belarus. He also informed Tsikhanouskaya about Poland's aid plan for Belarus, announced by the Polish prime minister on Friday. He also praised Tsikhanouskaya's initiative to call a coordinating council on Belarus, and said this was a good step towards creating a dialogue platform.

Tsikhanouskaya thanked Poland and the EU for their support for the Belarusians.

Protests are still underway in Belarus after the country's recent presidential elections, won in a landslide victory by to-date president Alexander Lukashenko. According to the protesters the exit polls, which gave Lukashenka over 80 percent of the vote and Tsikhanouskaya an ostensible 9.9 percent, were manipulated.

Despite international protests Belarusian police are using violence, including tear gas and stun grenades, to quell the protests. About 7,000 people have been arrested.

Tsikhanouskaya, who is currently in Lithuania, said on Monday that she was ready to take over the leadership in Belarus.