Polish, Swedish PMs discuss Belarus on phone

The Polish head of government expressed satisfaction with the decisions related to Belarus made at the most recent European Council summit. Oliver Hoslet/PAP/EPA

Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki and his Swedish counterpart, Stefan Lofven, on Monday held a telephone conversation to discuss the situation in Belarus and the EU's eastern policy, the Polish government press service CIR has announced.

The Polish head of government expressed satisfaction with the decisions related to Belarus made at the most recent European Council summit.

"During their conversation, the prime ministers underlined the need for the European Union to maintain solidarity and consistency on this matter. Poland wants a strong and visible involvement of the EU in the building of a civil society, a democratic system and a free market economy in Belarus," CIR wrote in a statement.

Both prime ministers pointed to the possibility of international mediation, including by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. "In this respect, the future Polish-Swedish political co-operation as subsequent presidents of the organisation may play an important role," CIR wrote. Sweden will preside over the organisation in 2021 and Poland in 2022.

The two heads of government also discussed relations with Russia. PM Morawiecki presented Poland's opposition to the Russia-Germany Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and referred to the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. He also "pointed to the need of working out a common EU strategy for relations with Russia," CIR wrote.

Poland and Sweden are both interested in the security of the Baltic Sea region and the development of the EU's Eastern Partnership programme, according to the statement. Other areas of common interest include the European policy towards Russia, the EU's single market, the bloc's enhancement and multilateral co-operation in the Baltic region.

The Eastern Partnership, a programme of enhanced co-operation between the EU and its Eastern European neighbours, was launched in 2010 as a Polish-Swedish initiative.