A Polish deputy foreign minister has stated that Poland has been paying a high price for supporting Belarusians and that the Belarusian president has declared Poland an enemy.
President Andrzej Duda has said he sees it as his task to prevent divisions between the Polish and Belarusian nations despite attempts by the Belarusian authorities to fuel nationalist sentiment.
Poland will not allow antagonising of the Polish and Belarusian nations in spite of the Belarusian government's false accusations against Poles living in Belarus, President Andrzej Duda said after a meeting with Belarusian Poles in Warsaw on Thursday.
A Polish deputy foreign minister has declared that Poles living in Belarus, who are in need of aid, will never be left alone, and that Poland's main goal is to make Belarus release all arrested Poles.
Three members of the Polish minority in Belarus have been released from prison by Belarusian authorities and have arrived in Poland, the Polish foreign ministry announced.
The EU will impose more sanctions on the Belarusian government for its persecution of the country's Polish minority, EU High Representative Josep Borrell said on Monday in Brussels.
President Andrzej Duda has been assured by the OSCE secretary general that the organisation will take advantage of all available diplomatic instruments to improve the situation of Poles living in Belarus, a presidential aide told PAP on Tuesday.
A journalist and activist of the Union of Poles in Belarus (ZPB) was summoned to the prosecutor's office in Grodno on Tuesday and warned that he should not refer to any "persecution of the Polish minority" in his commentaries.
The Polish Foreign Ministry has accused the Belarusian authorities of violating “international norms” with its treatment of Belarus’s Polish minority.
Andżelika Borys, leader of the Union of Poles in Belarus (ZPB), has been arrested by police in Grodno, western Belarus.