Polish PM welcomes V4 counterparts in Lublin

Polish PM welcomes V4 counterparts in Lublin Jacek Szydłowski/PAP

Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki welcomed his Visegrad Group (V4) counterparts in Lublin, eastern Poland, on Friday noon, before a meeting planned to focus on the forthcoming extraordinary EU summit and the situations in Belarus and Russia.

The meeting is being attended by PMs Andrej Babis of the Czech Republic, Igor Matovic of Slovakia and Viktor Orban of Hungary. It will be followed by a joint press conference at 2 p.m.

This is the second top-level meeting during Poland's rotating presidency of the Visegrad Group. The previous one was held in Warsaw on July 3 to inaugurate the Polish chairmanship of the group.

Earlier in the day, Polish government spokesman Piotr Muller was quoted as saying that the meeting "will concern the situation in Belarus after the presidential election in that country, Eastern policy, with special emphasis on relations with Russia, the struggle against COVID-19, preparations for the EU extraordinary summit and cooperation within the EU aimed at limiting the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic."

Muller added that the V4 PMs "will be trying to work out joint proposals regarding travel and border restrictions, among other issues."

Referring to Belarus, Muller stated that the talks will also be designed to find out "which instruments could be used to support civic society in Eastern Partnership countries."

The Polish PM will also present his V4 partners with the results of talks he had held with representatives of the Coordination Council of Belarus on September 9.

The Visegrad Group comprises Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.