Making friends in the neighbourhood

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Witold Waszczykowski, expresses satisfaction with progress of relations between our countries
“Normalisation of relations is taking place across all fields of co-operation, not only political and parliamentary,” noted Belarus’  Deputy Foreign Minister Yelena Kupchina on meeting the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Witold Waszczykowski, in Warsaw. Our country has been long striving to establish not just an equal partnership with neighbours, but a true neighbourhood across all spheres. The Polish diplomat says that strengthening of sectoral dialogue attests to a thaw in relations between our two countries, involving all ministries. Mr. Waszczykowski has again extended an invitation to the Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs, to visit Poland.

Delayed take-off

By Alexey Fedosov

Belarusian intelligence officers remove ISIL member from Minsk-Istanbul flight, reports Belarus 1 TV Channel

Russian counterparts informed Belarusian investigators that a terrorist had made plans to fly to Turkey from Minsk National Airport, the Moscow resident, aged 27, having been trained at a camp for members of the Islamic State group.

Minsk was a transit city in the young man’s route to Istanbul. A special agent commented, “This is not the first case. ISIL members have had difficulty obtaining flights from the Russian Federation, so they come to Belarus to use the Minsk-Istanbul flight, for onward travel to Syria.”

The apprehended man may be deported to Russia but is now being questioned. Russian counterparts have confirmed in writing that the suspect is directly related to the prohibited organisation of ISIL.
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