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10 February 2023, 13:34

Belarus' MFA summons Polish diplomat, denounces decision to close border checkpoint

MINSK, 10 February (BelTA) - Charge d'Affaires of the Republic of Poland in the Republic of Belarus Martin Wojciechowski was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, BelTA learned from the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs lodged a strong protest with the Polish diplomat over Poland's decision to close Bobrowniki-Berestovitsa checkpoint as from 14.00 (Belarusian time) on 10 February 2023," press service said. “The ministry pointed to the categorical unacceptability of this step, which exacerbates the already extremely difficult situation on the Belarusian-Polish border and which violates the rights of thousands of citizens of Belarus, Poland and many other countries.

The ministry also emphasized the counterproductive nature of any attempts to put pressure on Belarus.

"We need to understand that this step is, in principle, inhumane," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. "The Polish leadership is deliberately creating inhumane conditions for ordinary citizens and carriers, causing significant harm to both large economic operators and small businesses."

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs believes that the greatest damage will be borne by European companies and citizens, primarily Polish ones. As is known, Belarusian carriers cannot cross this border because of the decisions taken by the Polish side earlier.

"Without exception, all the blame for the consequences of such voluntaristic decisions lies with the current Polish government. We hope that the level of Polish democracy will allow entrepreneurs affected by this step to ask their government relevant questions. The Belarusian side reserves the right to take adequate response measures and is always open to a constructive and mutually respectful dialogue in the interests of citizens of Belarus and Poland," the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

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