MINSK, 6 April (BelTA) – During the government conference held on 6 April to discuss foreign policy matters Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko spoke at length about relations with Poland, BelTA has learned.
These matters were discussed in the second half of the government conference after ways to optimize the network of Belarusian diplomatic institutions abroad were discussed. Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “The second item is mutual relations with our neighbors, primarily with Poland. Truth be told, our political contacts with this country have never been ideal. But due to our character and mentality for a long time we've put up with individual remarks and accusations and have tried to find a compromise and show flexibility and understanding. We thought that we could not choose neighbors. And all of them are indeed important for us.”
“But it turns out that Warsaw sees this constructive attitude as weakness. In June 2020 the Polish side declared it was ready to meet us halfway in a number of areas. Since then the attitude was replaced with accusations of our rigging the presidential election, with support for our fugitives and their companies, with the sheltering of runaway traitors and extremists and extremist Internet resources. And then things went as far as sanctions,” Aleksandr Lukashenko pointed out.
“Can you imagine that they sang hosannas to us in June? And now we know that at the same time they were double-crossing us using intelligence agencies and other bodies (in politics as well),” the head of state noted.
“Brazen attempts to glorify bandits and military criminals, and the organization of events for young Belarusians in Brest for this purpose were the last drop that exhausted our patience,” he said. “And in Grodno a destructive group of ethnic Poles led by individual leaders of the so-called Polish emigration took part in an unauthorized event.”
Aleksandr Lukashenko pointed out that “all the shenanigans” take place in the year of the 80th anniversary since the Great Patriotic War began. “In a country that lost one third of its population. The conservative party, which rapidly loses public support, works particularly hard to glorify Armia Krajowa bandits. In other words, it is a domestic problem in Poland already,” he remarked.