According to Zbigniew Rau, we are talking about a number of EU diplomats. The decision was made in cooperation with the European External Action Service and the EU member states.
Some of the ambassadors of the EU countries in Minsk will be recalled for consultations. Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau announced this on Twitter on Monday, October 5.
“In coordination with the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the EU member states, we made a joint decision to recall for consultations some of the ambassadors accredited to Belarus,” the diplomat emphasized.
“I would like to thank all the EU partners for their unequivocal expression of solidarity with Poland and Lithuania,” he added.
According to Zbigniew Rau, “support for Belarusians and their efforts to democratize the country” remains a priority to us. “We need communication channels open to stand by those who fight for an independent, sovereign and democratic Belarus. All attempts to stigmatize any EU MS state will be met with a straightforward, reciprocal response,” the head of the Polish Foreign Ministry summed up. However, he did not specify which diplomats would be summoned for consultations.
Minsk demanded to reduce diplomatic missions of Poland and Lithuania
Earlier, the Belarusian authorities demanded to reduce the number of diplomatic missions employees of Poland and Lithuania in Belarus. The diplomats were asked to bring by October 9, the composition of their missions in Belarus to parity with the Belarusian foreign missions in their own countries. “For Lithuania, this is (reduction. – Ed.) from 25 to 14 diplomats, for Poland from 50 to 18,” Anatoly Glaz, representative of the Belarusian diplomatic department said. EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, in turn indicated that this step “contradicts the logic of dialogue and only further isolates the authorities in Minsk.”
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