Photo: Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko
Krzysztof Szczerski, an advisor to Poland’s president, claimed on Friday that Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko’s comments that Poland may be planning to take control of part of Belarus if the tensions rose are completely unacceptable.
Over the last few days, the relations between Poland and Belarus have worsened, with Lukashenko suggesting that Poland planned to take over the Grodno region that borders Poland and Lithuania if Belarus does not recover from political instability.
On Thursday, the Polish government called for the Belarus ambassador in order to protest the “unfounded accusations” made by Lukashenko.
Szczerski told public radio that “These comments are unacceptable. No one has such intentions in Poland and this is propaganda”.
He also added that the situation in Belarus is heading towards a negative direction.
Belarus has been in political turmoil ever since a presidential election was held on August 9, with the opposition claiming that it was rigged in a way as to extend Lukashenko’s 26-year rule of the nation.
Security forces have been forced to beat and arrest protestors that have called for Lukashenko to hold another election or else to step-down.
So far, the European Union has overseen the matter in a cautious way, being wary that it could provoke a Russian military response in the same manner that took place in Ukraine in 2014.
Szczerski added that “If the West does not have a ‘we win, they lose’ approach to Russia, then Putin will be step by step expanding the Brezhnev Doctrine,” referring to the Soviet foreign policy under which Russia intervened in domestic affairs whenever something displeased it.
Poland is currently monitoring the situation in Belarus very closely, being concerned with regards to resurgent aggressiveness by Russia in the region.
Poland sees itself as a key link between the West and the people of Belarus, doing all it can to support the Belarusian people.
News agency Belta reported on Thursday evening that the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called for the Polish Charge d’Affaires to protest against Poland’s attempts to interfere in the way that Belarus is being led.