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Polish envoy thanks Japan for assisting with Belarusian athlete’s defection 

  • August 7, 2021
  • , Yomiuri, Sankei
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Saturday’s Yomiuri wrote that Polish Ambassador to Japan Pawel Milewski told the paper on Friday that he appreciates Japan’s assistance with Belarusian Olympian Tsimanouskaya’s defection to Poland. The Polish envoy said the coordination with the Japanese police and Ministry of Foreign Affairs was very important and the mission to safely send the athlete to Poland, which offered her asylum, would not have been achieved without the cooperation of the Japanese authorities.  

 

Sankei wrote that MOFA spokesperson Yoshida released a statement on Friday on the Belarusian Olympian’s defection to Poland, saying that the Belarusian authorities’ deportation order was unjustifiable and unacceptable and that their continued oppression of the anti-government camp is very regrettable.  

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