Belarus can get Europe's aid for fair election: Polish FM

If a fair presidential election is observed in Belarus, the country can get a 3-billion-euro aid from Europe within three years, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski told media in Minsk on Wednesday.

"According to our estimates, if Belarus holds a fair election, it could cooperate more closely with Europe and get around 3 billion euros from different sources within three years," he was quoted by Itar-Tass news agency as saying.

In this sense, Sikorski stressed that Belarus has "a unique chance" to take advantage of relations with Poland and Europe.

Still, the Polish minister underlined that what matters most will be the quality of the election, not the results, "because the results will depend on a decision of the Belarusians."

Sikorski and his German counterpart Guido Westerwell met with the Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk Tuesday.

Lukashenko reiterated his promise that the presidential election scheduled for Dec. 19 would be fair and transparent.


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