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Belarus to continue using Polish minority as leverage in relations with Poland

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April 22, 2016 19:41

On February 10th, the Polish Sejm approved Konrad Pawlik’s nomination as Ambassador of Poland to Belarus. When Sikorski was the Polish Foreign Minister, Konrad Pawlik worked in the Foreign Ministry’s Eastern Department. After his appointment, Pawlik said that he would focus his efforts on improving the situation with the Polish minority in Belarus. In general, it is likely that the Polish policy towards Belarus will continue to follow that of the EU; however, due to the common border between Belarus and Poland, the latter is more interested in Belarus than the EU as a whole. Yet it is difficult to say whether Poland will promote initiatives aimed at strengthening good neighbourly relations with Belarus independently or through the pan-European institutions. Meanwhile, the Belarusian authorities are likely to continue using the Polish minority as a leverage in relations with Poland.

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