Britain has temporarily withdrawn its ambassador to Belarus due to the current political unrest in the latter country.

Belarus has been rocked by a wave of protests since Alexander Lukashenko, who has been president since 1994, declared victory in a highly controversial presidential election last August. He has been accused of electoral fraud but has repeatedly denied it. He has described his opponents as “the bride of the West”.

Dominic Raab, British Foreign Secretary, says the decision The withdrawal of the ambassador has been used to show solidarity with Poland and Lithuania. The governments of these countries have criticized Lukashenko. He has responded by expelling 35 diplomats from the two countries.

The president’s decision has been described by Foreign Minister Raab as “completely unjustified” and would further isolate the Belarusian people. It has therefore been decided to call the British Ambassador to Belarus, Jacqueline Perkins, to her home country.

Seven other European countries have recalled their ambassadors from Belarus over the situation.

© The Eastern Herald
No oligarch or politician dictates us how to write about any subject. Your support will help us maintain this independence. Your contribution, no matter how big or small, is extremely valuable to us. Click here to Support The Eastern Herald. Thank you.
Follow us on:
Eastern Herald on Google News  Eastern Herald on Flipboard  Eastern Herald Telegram Channel 
Avatar
The Eastern Herald’s Editorial Board is responsible for the stories published under this byline. That includes editorials, news stories, letters to the editor, and multimedia features on easternherald.com.