Vilnius: Tsikhanouskaya meets with Poland’s envoy to Belarus

Meeting of Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya and Artur Michalski. Vilnius, 20 April 2021. Photo: Belsat

On April 20, Belarusian opposition leader Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya met with Ambassador of Poland to Belarus Artur Michalski in Vilnius.

Since October, the Polish ambassador has been working outside Belarus as the Lukashenka regime demanded the number of employees of Polish and Lithuanian diplomatic missions be reduced.

During the meeting the participants discussed the situation of the Polish minority in Belarus, in particular, the recent closure of the Polish school in Brest and the arrest of members of the Union of Poles in Belarus (Andrzej Poczobut, Andżelika Borys and others). The question of supporting Belarusian civil society and journalists was raised at the event.

We were giving the general consideration to the regional cooperation configurations which could be put into place in the long run. The major idea of our talk was the role of a new Belarus in the region. Would it be a meeting point? Or a bridge between East and West? Would Belarus become part of the Baltic-Black Sea Alliance or the Lublin Quartet? ” Tsikhanouskaya’s foreign policy adviser Franak Vyachorka told Belsat.

According to him, both ‘direct help’ issues and longer-term projects were discussed.

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