Polish foreign minister on surprise visit to Belarus

(MINSK) - Poland's Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski on Friday paid a surprise flash visit to Belarus to discuss relations between Minsk and the European Union, the Belarussian foreign ministry said.

Sikorski and his Belarussian counterpart Sergei Martynov "examined in detail the state and perspectives of bilateral cooperation in the economic and consular spheres," the ministry said in a statement.

The two ministers also spoke of "issues of developing the legal base for ties between the two states, within the framework of the dialogue between Belarus and the European Union," the statement added.

Before the visit, the Polish foreign ministry said that "the Polish side will raise questions that can serve to normalise and develop relations with Belarus, such as border security, resource transit to Poland and energy cooperation."

During a summit of EU foreign ministers Saturday in Avignon, Sikorski argued in favor of lifting sanctions against Belarus, as the country met some European demands by releasing political prisoners ahead of parliamentary elections due October 28.



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