In agreement with the European External Action Service and the European Union Member States, we have decided to recall some of the ambassadors accredited to Belarus for consultations, said Minister of Foreign Affairs Zbigniew Rau on Monday evening. On the same day, Belarusian diplomats from Poland and Lithuania returned to the country.
On Friday Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs demanded that the Polish and Lithuanian embassies limit the number of diplomats in Belarus. – Due to the clearly destructive activity of Poland and Lithuania, it has been proposed that by October 9, 2020 they should equate the composition of their diplomatic missions in Belarus with Belarusian foreign missions in individual countries – said spokesman for the Ministry, Anatol Hłaz.
Ambassadors recalled for consultations. “Support for Belarusians remains a priority”
“In consultation with the European External Action Service (EEAS) and EU Member States, we have decided to recall some of the accredited ambassadors in the Republic of Belarus for consultations,” said Polish diplomat Zbigniew Rau on Twitter.
He thanked “for the solidarity expressed with Poland and Lithuania by partners from the EU”.
“Support for Belarusians and their efforts to democratize the country remains a priority. We need communication channels and opportunities to act for a sovereign and democratic Republic of Belarus. Any attempts to stigmatize any EU member state will meet with an unambiguous, solidary response,” wrote the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs.
On Friday, Rau assured him that he had no intention of summoning diplomats. “Together with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkeviczius, we are convinced that the communication channels must be preserved and at this stage we do not intend to invite our ambassadors for consultations“- he wrote on Twitter.
Vilnius is calling on diplomats. “Temporary recall of ambassadors for consultations will help ease tensions”
Earlier on Monday, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry announced that it was calling its ambassador to Minsk Andrius Pulokas for consultations.
“Our goal is to maintain diplomatic contacts as much as possible,” said the head of Lithuanian diplomacy Linas Linkeviczius, who is quoted in the communiqué by the foreign ministry of that country. The minister informed that the Belarusian authorities had been informed about the Lithuanian side’s desire to maintain contacts and it was agreed that “the temporary recall of the ambassadors for consultations will serve to reduce tensions and maintain diplomatic representation at the ambassadorial level.”
The statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that Lithuania coordinates its activities with Poland and other EU countries.
Belarus is recalling its ambassadors in Poland and Lithuania
On Monday, the spokesman of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry Anatol Hłaz said that Belarusian ambassadors in Poland and Lithuania, Uladzimir Chushau and Valer Baranouski, returned to Minsk for consultations.
The decision to dismiss the diplomats was made on Friday when The European Union formally adopted sanctions against representatives of the Belarusian government for rigging this year’s presidential elections and repressing protesters. The sanctions were adopted in written procedure after EU leaders agreed on the matter late at the EU summit late Thursday evening. They include a ban on entry to the EU and an asset freeze. The restrictions apply to 40 representatives of the Belarusian government.
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