The situation of Poles in Belarus is extremely difficult, Poland's ambassador to Minsk said during a visit to Vilnius where he held talks with Belarusian opposition activist Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya.
The European Commission has told PAP it will call on the Belarusian authorities to drop charges against members of the Union of Poles in Belarus (ZPB) and to immediately and unconditionally release them.
The regime in Minsk is waging an attack against the Polish minority in Belarus due to their commitment to Western democratic values, Polish President Andrzej Duda wrote in a letter to US President Joe Biden.
President Andrzej Duda has condemned the Belarusian authorities after two TV journalists were jailed on charges of inciting protests.
The Belarusian Foreign Ministry has demanded the Polish and Lithuanian embassies in Minsk to downsize their diplomatic staff, the ministry's spokesperson Anatol Hlaz said on Friday quoted by the TUT.by portal.
As many as 71 percent of Poles believe their country should support the democratic aspirations of Belarusians while only 20 percent believe Warsaw should remain neutral in Minsk's domestic conflict, according to a survey by the CBOS pollster.
The Belarusian Foreign Ministry on Thursday summoned Polish Embassy's Charge d'Affaires Marcin Wojciechowski to express a strong protest against "open attempts by the Polish side to interfere in the internal affairs of Belarus."
A humanitarian aid truck sent by the Solidarity (S) trade union to Minsk is stuck at the terminal on the Belarusian side of the border and was yet to be cleared to continue its journey, the S spokesman Marek Lewandowski told PAP on Thursday.
The last of four Poles arrested in the Belarusian capital Minsk amidst mass election protests in the city has been released, PAP learnt on Friday from diplomatic sources in Minsk. The three other Poles were freed on Thursday.
Five Polish citizens were released from Belarusian prisons by Thursday night, Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz announced on Friday morning.