On March 7, 2012 Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski met with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington. Their discussion focused on the situation in Central and Eastern Europe, particularly Belarus and Ukraine, the situation in the Middle East, particularly Syria, as well as on cooperation in the field of security.
Ms. Clinton told reporters after the meeting that range of common concerns from Iran to Belarus were in the focus of attention. «We discussed Belarus, and we’ve made plans for closer cooperation on monitoring developments in Belarus,» Mr. Sikorski said.
On February 28, 2012 official Minsk recommended Head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Belarus and Ambassador of Poland to Belarus to return to their capitals for consultations and «to convey to their leadership a firm position of the Belarusian side on inadmissibility of pressure and sanctions». The country also recalled its own ambassadors from Brussels and Warsaw. It was the reaction of Belarus that was caused by the EU Council decision to blacklist another 21 Belarusian officials.