EU calls Belarusian demands to reduce diplomatic presence of some Member States “unfounded and regrettable”

The European Union has condemned the demand by Belarus to withdraw the Polish and Lithuania ambassadors from the Belarus capital Minsk. In a strongly worded statement, the EU High Representative/Vice President said that “ the demand of the Belarusian authorities that Poland and Lithuania withdraw their ambassadors and significantly reduce their diplomatic representations in Minsk is unfounded and regrettable. It goes against the logic of dialogue and will only further isolate the authorities in Minsk. 

Attempts by the Belarusian authorities to target certain EU Member States will not succeed in weakening EU unity, which was clearly reaffirmed by the European Council on 1 October when all EU Member States called on the Belarusian authorities to end violence and repression, release all detainees and political prisoners, respect media freedom and civil society, and start an inclusive national dialogue.” 

“The EU continues to support the democratic right of the Belarusian people to elect their President through new free and fair elections, without external interference”, the statement concluded. 

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