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.
The spokesperson for Alexander Lukashenko, the president of Belarus, has attributed the freeing of three Belarusian-Polish activists to the intervention of Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan's first independent president.
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.
The head of the Union of Poles in Belarus (ZPB), Andżelika Borys, has had her arrest extended by three months by the Belarusian authorities, the ZPB website reported on Friday.
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.
Poland's Foreign Ministry has confirmed to PAP that a member of the Union of Poles in Belarus and his wife have been detained by the Belarus authorities and transported to the capital, Minsk.
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 president of the Union of Poles in Belarus (ZPB), Andżelika Borys, and the head of the local branch office in the western city of Lida, Irena Biernacka, were charged in Minsk on Friday with "incitement to hatred," the Znadniemna.pl portal has announced.