Polish Parliament calls for the release of political prisoners in Belarus

The Polish Parliament today called on the Belarusian authorities to release political prisoners, and all European countries — to support civil society in Belarus. In addition, the deputies demanded that Belarusian authorities to stop political repression. Today's resolution, according to politicians and political scientists could further complicate the state of relations between Warsaw and Minsk.

As reported by Polish media, the resolution was adopted on the basis of universal approval, as on the eve of the draft document was supported by all parliamentary association. Before the meeting, Speaker of the Sejm it Grzegorz Schetyna met with a group of representatives of the Belarusian opposition, which included Sergei Kalyakin, Milinkevich, Stanislav Shushkevich Yanukevich and others. Grzegorz Schetyna, in particular, said:

"We will look back and remember your business. We want you to remember that here, for your border, is another world that is not indifferent to your fate. "

Belarusian opposition today and talked with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Radoslaw Sikorski.


Yanukevich commented for "Freedom" these meetings: "What we see here a clear indication that Poland is going to pursue a consistent policy of support for democracy in Belarus. Those meetings and conversations that we had today and in the Diet, and the MFA show — is the creation of a long-term plan for cooperation with the Belarusian democratic forces and a long-term plan to help in the pursuit of freedom and democracy in Belarus. "

Official Belarusian authorities reacted very negatively to the Polish resolution. In the international Committee of the House of Representatives appreciated it as "a lack of respect for the people of Belarus, which is free and democratically made a conscious choice in favor of the incumbent."

Vladimir Andreychenko

The chairman of the House of Representatives Vladimir Andreychenko called the actions of Poland, the "anti-Belarusian company":

"The statements of officials of the Foreign Ministry of Poland, the position of the Polish representatives in the European structures when considering the situation in our country celebrated tough rhetoric and do not contribute to the development of constructive relations between our countries."

Analysts note: the relations between Minsk and Warsaw strongly deteriorated after, as Alexander Lukashenko publicly accused the organization of Warsaw in a secret conspiracy against the Belarusian authorities. For some time in the state media has increased the number of publications with harsh criticism of the Polish authorities. Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said the unwillingness of the Belarusian side to join the system simplified cross-border movement of both countries. Belarusian MPs sent a request to the Constitutional Court on the conformity of the Polish law on "Polish Charter" international legal norms.

Michael Botian

Some analysts say the current state of relations between the neighboring countries of the "cold war." Former Belarusian diplomat Michael Botian, previously worked in Poland and teaches at the Faculty of International Relations of Belarusian State University, said:

"I so desperately did not mention that. Of course, there is tension, there is a problem. However, the development of relations between, for example, schools. Yesterday we were colleagues of Lodz. "

Bright omen that the Polish authorities did not want to break off relations with Belarus, Mr. Botian consider coming to Minsk, Ambassador of Poland, which is quite a long time, there was:

"The fact that the ambassador was at this moment, very eloquent. Poland still does not want to lose the relationship with Belarus. Just so I understand it. "



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