As long as there are political prisoners — the dialogue with Europe will not be

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For some time in the state media has increased the number of publications with harsh criticism of the Polish authorities, who condemned political repression in Belarus and support the democratic community. A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of Belarus Andrei Savinykh today refused to comment on the "Freedom" on the state of current relations with Poland. A relationship with the European Union, which is known to include Poland, called "quite difficult."

"Information war" referred to some Belarusian and Polish politicians that Now that occurs between Minsk and Warsaw. Thus, the Belarusian TV has publicly called western neighbor, "the gendarme of Eastern Europe." At that the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Radoslaw Sikorski said yesterday: "It is impossible to comment on such neastalinistskiya antics."

Andrei Savinykh

A spokesman for the Belarusian Foreign Ministry Andrei Savinykh today, citing the fact that the phrase "information war" applied political analysts, said: "Our Foreign Ministry does not comment on statements of political scientists." But concern about the state of the official Minsk relations with the European Union, he admitted, describing them as "quite difficult." According to Andrei Savinykh, this is due to the decisions taken by the European Union after the events of December 19:

"They negate the serious developments in our bilateral relations. They force the Belarusian side to the appropriate response. But we are convinced that the solution to all problems can be found through an open and constructive dialogue. We believe that all parties retain the opportunity to rebuild a system of relations and cooperation. "

Ales Lahvinets

Belarusian political analyst Ales Lahvinets considers: the relationship with Warsaw deteriorated because Poland pressing for the release of all political prisoners in Belarus:

"There is a certain logic in the relationship of the dictatorial regime of Belarus and Poland. Poland is not the first time used in the most acute ideological points of the Belarusian regime as an external enemy. And then there is always actualized old ideological stereotypes about the fact that Poland wants to take over Belarus. And while in Belarus will existence of such a regime, a significant improvement in relations with Warsaw hardly be foreseen. "

As for the prospects of relations between Minsk and Brussels, there is a political scientist Lahvinets notes:

"It's very difficult to go back to the old relationship with the EU, if the Belarusian authorities to release political prisoners and demonstrate a number of positive steps. All the more so in the context of the future of the Polish presidency in the European Union. "

Poland will hold the EU Presidency from July 1, 2011.

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