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Belarus withdrew from the Eastern Partnership (EP) summit in Poland on Sept. 30. The Belarusian delegation said it was leaving the summit, held in Warsaw at Poland’s initiative, because of “discrimination,” though the more likely reason is that many of the summit’s EU participants met with Belarusian opposition figures and denounced Minsk for democratic and human rights issues.

Belarus’ withdrawal is a reminder that Poland has far to go in achieving concrete results via the EP, but an offer from Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk that links financial assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to reforms in Belarus shows that Poland has not completely given up on the country just yet.

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