EU seeks sharp response from Poland over border row with Belarus

Poland’s government is pressing for a swift and decisive response from the EU after a rise in tensions with Belarus over the Transcaspian Pipeline has put a spotlight on a controversial area of the border.

On Thursday, the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki plans to hold talks with the regional head of the European Union, Donald Tusk, at the EU Council meeting in Brussels.

Poland had led the criticism against Belarus after it rejected an international proposal in early October, led by the European Commission, to settle the land-border dispute with a mutual compromise. After the rejection, the EU proposed an “action plan” to avert a full-blown conflict.

Mr. Morawiecki signed the action plan along with the president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, this month. However, the plan has been denounced by the opposition in Poland. They accuse Mr. Lukashenko of exploiting the situation with Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party, for political gain, and argue that he will soon face strong pressure to accept the plan.

President Lukashenko was also invited to Europe, for high-level talks in Brussels on Friday.

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