In telephone conversation with Belarusian opposition politician Alexander Milinkievich on 26 January, the Slovak Minister of Foreign Affairs Mikulas Dzurinda encouraged him in his activities: "I commended and thanked him for his courage." He added that the gratitude and encouragement were also aimed at the arrested civic activists and other Opposition politicians in Belarus.
The two politicians further discussed the future of Belarus, which they see in the European Union. Minister Dzurinda invited Mr Milinkievich to the summit of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Visegrad Group and the Eastern Partnership on 3 March 2011 in Bratislava. Mr Milinkievich also accepted an invitation to the 6th annual Globsec security conference that will be held in early March.