Poland’s leader invites Lukashenka to Warsaw

Polish President Andrzej Duda, phot. Andrzej Hrechorowicz/KPRP

Polish president Andrzej Duda issued invitations to the ceremonies marking the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War to leaders of EU, NATO and the Eastern Partnership countries, including Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

The event will take place on September, 1 in Warsaw.

“They [invitations] have been sent to our closest allies, that is to the leaders of all countries within NATO, the European Union and the EU’s Eastern Partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia and Belarus), and to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres,” Andrzej Duda’s aide Krzysztof Szczerski said on March, 13.

According to the presidential website, there are plans for separate Polish-German commemorations, mainly devoted to remembering civilian casualties of the war, as well as big international ceremonies that will likely take place in Warsaw.

The President’s Office is now waiting for confirmations and delegation line-ups from individual countries, Mr Szczerski added.

In February 2016, in the wake of the latest presidential elections in Belarus, the EU decided to lift its sanctions against Alyaksandr Lukashenka and 169 Belarusian officials cancelling the visa ban and assets freeze.

In September 2018, the Belarusian leader was invited to Paris to take part in the events on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. However, Alyaksandr Lukashenka failed to show up at the celebrations; our country was represented by Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman of the Council of the Republic of Belarus.

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