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Belarus expels Polish diplomat over ‘cursed soldiers’ occasion

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Belarus on Tuesday stated it had expelled a Polish consul from the nation, after he participated in an occasion devoted to Poland’s “cursed soldiers” who fought towards each German and Soviet occupation throughout World War II.

“The heroisation of war criminals is for us completely unacceptable,” the Belarusian Foreign Ministry stated in a press release regarding the expulsion of Jerzy Timofejuk, the Polish Consul within the southwestern metropolis of Brest, AFP reported. 

According to the announcement by Belarus’ MFA, Timofejuk attended an unofficial occasion on February 28, devoted to the day of Polish World War II-era resistance fighters, which Belarus has discovered responsible of “war crimes” and “genocide” towards ethnic Belarusian folks.

The Polish consul participated within the occasion along with “representatives of non-governmental organisations and youth organisations associated with Poland,” in line with Belarusian authorities. 

The time period “cursed soldiers” is used to explain resistance battalions that fought towards the German occupation of Poland, and which, later in WWII, took up arms towards the Soviets, additionally attacking towards non-Poles and particularly Belarusians. 

Reacting to the move, Poland’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs stated that the nation “will respond promptly and in accordance with the principle of reciprocity to this unfounded decision.”

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