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Lukashenka Accuses Poland Of Seeking To Redraw Border


Belarus President Alyaksandr Lukashenka says Poland wants to shift borders.

Belarus President Alyaksandr Lukashenka says Poland wants to shift borders.

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka today accused neighboring Poland of plotting to oust him in order to redraw the border between the two countries.

Speaking to parliament, Lukashenka claimed Warsaw wants to move the border 250 kilometers east to the Belarusian capital of Minsk.

Lukashenka has previously accused Poland and Germany of plotting to overthrow him -- claims both countries have rejected.

Earlier, Lukashenka dismissed a threatened travel ban to the European Union, saying he had "lived with this visa limit for 10 years" and is "alive and well" despite the ban.

However, he said that his government "remained open to compromise" as long as Western countries "are honest about their intentions."

His remarks come days before European Union foreign ministers are to decide on possible sanctions against Belarus for its massive crackdown on antigovernment demonstrations after December elections.

compiled from agency reports
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