Mogherini’s visit to Belarus postponed

The visit of Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, to Belarus has been postponed because of “agenda changes” of participants of a high-level Eastern Partnership event in Minsk, an EU spokesperson told BelaPAN.

“The visit of the High Representative to Belarus as well as the Eastern Partnership ministerial event are postponed due to a number of agenda changes of various participants, and following contacts with the Belarusian hosts,” the spokesperson said. 

The spokesperson did not specify when Ms. Mogherini might visit Belarus.

Ms. Mogherini was expected to stay in Minsk on October 4 and 5.  

On October 4, Ms. Mogherini was to meet with Belarusian Prime Minister Siarhiej Rumas to discuss the “20 Deliverables for 2020,” which were adopted at an Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, Latvia, in November 2017.

On October 5, Ms. Mogherini was to attend a high-level event on the future of the Eastern Partnership and to meet with Aliaksandr Lukašenka, government officials, and opposition and civil society activists.

On October 2, a number of media outlets reported that Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz had cancelled his visit to Minsk to attend the funeral of Kornel Morawiecki, the father of Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki who was also the country's most senior lawmaker and a leading dissident during the communist era. He died on September 30 at the age of 78.

Ms. Mogherini’s term as EU foreign policy chief is to expire this month.

Last month, Dirk Schuebel, the new head of the EU Delegation to Belarus, told BelaPAN that Ms. Mogherini said earlier that she would like to visit all of the six Eastern Partnership countries in her capacity as the grouping’s foreign policy chief.

“Up to now she has visited four,” Mr. Schuebel said. “She hasn’t been to the Republic of Moldova and to the Republic of Belarus. And she said that she would do so before the end of her mandate.”