On December 9, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the leader of democratic forces of Belarus, met with Andrzej Duda, the President of Poland. During the meeting, the leaders discussed issues of political repression against Belarusians, as well as the migration crisis at the Belarusian-Polish border.
At the end of the meeting, a video was published on the official YouTube channel of the President of Poland, in which Andrzej Duda spoke about the situation in Belarus and called on world leaders for solidarity. We quote his words unchanged.
«Belarus is located 180 kilometers from Warsaw, there is a border of democracy, and maybe even more.
There is a gap between democracy and its total absence. In Belarus, there is no discussion about the electoral system, polarization, minorities and ideologies. This is our luxury, of the Western people. But there, people are worried about how to get 900 people out of prison, whose only guilt was the desire for free elections, as well as the removal of the dictator, who has ruled for 27 years.
I am deeply confident that the issue of Belarus will be raised not only by me, not only by Poland, but also by other European and world leaders.
Why am I talking about Belarus? Because Poland, as fate would have it, for our freedom defended in the 80s, committed to be a support for democracy in Eastern Europe many years ago. It’s a good activity, but it has consequences. Because of this, we are targeted by the Kremlin’s propaganda, and recently we have been paying a price for it in the form of a hybrid operation on our border, which was created by the dictator Alexander Lukashenko.
I call for solidarity with Belarus. Today it is one of the most important challenges for a democratic world.
На русском языке:
Президент Польши призвал к солидарности с Беларусью
На беларускай мове: Прэзідэнт Польшчы заклікаў да салідарнасці з Беларуссю