Poland has banned Aleksander Lukashenko and other officials from entering the country, following the crackdown against opposition leaders and democratic activists in Belarus. Will the EU as a whole follow?
"This is a clear symbol of Poland's solidarity with the people of Belarus," Foreign Ministry spokesman Marcin Bosacki said.
"We want to support evident [democratic] tendencies that were manifest on 19 December," he added.
The travel ban follows presidential elections in Belarus, which gave incumbent Aleksander Lukashenko 80 percent of the vote, a result questioned by the EU, OSCE and other bodies.
Magdalena Jensen reports that German chancellor Angela Merkel has urged the EU to follow suit and introduce a ban on travel for Belarusian diplomats and politicians within the EU. (