President Andrzej Duda has invited Alexander Lukashenko to participate in the events dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII.
Apart from Lukashenko, invitations were sent to the leaders of all NATO alliance member states, to the EU states, as well as to the EU Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia and Belarus).
Should Lukashenko accept the invitation, it will be his first visit to Poland as the head of state. From 1998 to 2016, the President of Belarus did not have the right to visit European countries as an official. It was the result of restrictions imposed on Belarusian politicians by the EU due to accusations of systematic violations of human rights and democratic procedures in their country.
So far, two Polish presidents have paid visits to Belarus. In 1993, it was Lech Wałęsa, while three years later - Aleksander Kwaśniewski.
The press office of President Andrzej Duda has already stated that no invitation has been sent to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin.
According to Belsat TV, Poland is currently waiting for confirmation of the arrival and the composition of delegations.