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01 June 2023, 16:57

Belarus' Foreign Ministry to retaliate against Poland's border restrictions

MINSK, 1 June (BelTA) – Belarus will definitely produce an asymmetric response to Poland's new restrictions at the Belarusian-Polish border, BelTA learned from a statement released by Anatoly Glaz, Press Secretary of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Anatoly Glaz said: “We have previously stated that the Polish government keeps creating more and more hindrances and inhumane conditions for citizens of Belarus and Poland as well as shipping companies of the entire Eurasian space. The Polish government bears all the blame for inhumane consequences of such steps. This is why the justified indignation of entrepreneurs and citizens of Poland in bordering areas is completely understandable.”

In his words, the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has repeatedly stated that the regime of Poland's president Andrzej Duda and prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki systematically implements a complex of anti-Belarusian steps. “They are designed to provoke complications and escalations, including across the entire region. This is why we anticipated yet another manipulation of border crossing regulations. Decisions of the Polish government also indicate that basic human rights, including the right to the freedom of movement, mean nothing for them,” the official stressed. “An asymmetric response will definitely follow these steps. We will do our best to take into account interests of ordinary Poles, who are forced to suffer due to voluntarism of their government, and interests of our citizens.”

Belarus is a responsible player in its region and has no intention of falling for these provocations. Belarus will respond calmly and with dignity instead, the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs pointed out.

Statements made by members of the Polish government to explain their inhumane steps were branded as “manipulation meant to unfairly exploit the quite understandable emotions of Polish citizens.” Not a single ethnic minority is oppressed in Belarus. All the citizens of different ethnicities live in peace and accord and any Pole can see that by visiting Belarus thanks to the visa-free travel program.

“The statement made by the Polish minister of foreign affairs in the Polish parliament about ‘proposals extended to Belarusian authorities for the sake of increasing the space for political maneuver' does not reflect the actual situation. For the last few years the Polish leadership has been putting forward only ultimatums, which are unacceptable for any self-respecting sovereign state from the very start. The Polish government has been trying to interfere with the operation of the court system and other domestic affairs of the Republic of Belarus. Any attempts at blackmail and pressure against independent Belarus will be doomed to failure,” Anatoly Glaz stated.

The official reminded that for the last few years the standard choice of Poland's foreign policy tools has included training and recruitment of militarized units for carrying out terrorist attacks in Belarus, using money of common Polish citizens to fund the operation of bodies, which openly declare their intentions to overthrow the Belarusian government. The choice of tools also includes the elimination of refugees and migrants from southern countries as they travel to Europe via Poland, building razor wire fences worth $0.5 billion at the expense of Polish taxpayers to stop people and wild animals in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The list also includes the worsening of transit conditions for pan-Eurasian transit shipments and direct participation in the war on the side of the Kiev regime.

Anatoly Glaz went on saying: “Against the backdrop of this ‘civilized' choice representatives of the Polish government say that ‘Poland is a window into the world for Belarus'. It seems that the Duda-Morawiecki regime puts so much faith into its exclusiveness and impunity that it openly talks about its supremacy and is incapable of having a dialogue with neighbors. It is a very dangerous trend.”

The official said: “Let make it clear that there have been no lords or ladies in Belarus since 1917 and there will be none. The Belarusian side is ready for a mutually respectful dialogue with the Polish side without ultimatums and preconditions and will look into genuine proposals aimed at de-escalation and mutually beneficial resolution of pressing issues.”

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