Belarus, Poland come closer

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Polish Foreign Affairs Minister Witold Waszczykowski (R) welcomes Belarusian Foreign Affairs Minister Vladimir Makei (L) before their meeting at the Belvedere, in Warsaw, Poland, 10 October 2016.

Belarus, Poland come closer


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Belarus and Poland are moving closer to each other. There is now a strong rapprochement underway between the two countries with Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei’s recent visit to Warsaw.

As reported by Belarus Digest online, Poland’s Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski seems to have a personal affinity for Makei. Waszczykowski and he trusts that Belarus President Alexander Lukashenka’s intentions to mend bilateral ties between Minsk and Warsaw are sincere.

Publicly, both parties have expressed enthusiasm about the recent improvements in relations between the two countries. However, the increase in dialogue has so far failed to foster any new breakthrough projects. Many obstacles preventing genuine improvement in bilateral relations remain, such as the treatment of the Polish minority in Belarus, reported the Belarus Digest.

For the past 20 years, relations between Belarus and Poland have been strained, but a bilateral dialogue has seen both countries hosting regular visits from ministers and high-level officials from different agencies and institutions. The agenda has included a wide range of topics, from foreign policy and security to trade, agriculture and culture.

Speaking to reporters after his meeting with Waszczykowski, Makei spoke warmly about the current tone of Belarusian-Polish relations. He went as far as stating that “Belarus and Poland [were] experiencing a historic moment of transition to a new period of bilateral relations”.

One source in the Belarusian foreign ministry has told Belarus Digest about Makei’s plan to reunite the Union of Poles in Belarus, which the government cleaved in two in 2005.

In a separate report, Russia’s RT news agency noted that Poland’s economic growth has created a demand for workers. The gap is being filled by people from Belarus and Ukraine, many of whom used to work in Russia.

More and more ads saying “Job openings in Poland for different qualifications of workers. We invite both men and women”, are appearing in Belarus.

“Over the past three years the number of foreigners officially employed in Poland has doubled to 237,000. Sixty percent are from Ukraine, Belarusians are the second largest group of 11,000 and Russians are in the fourth place with 5,100,” RT Russian quotes Poland’s social services administration.

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