Britain has temporarily withdrawn its ambassador to Belarus due to the current political unrest in the latter country.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.
… means that you liked the article or are concerned with the subject. We want to come up with as many articles as you can read to the end. Now you can tell the journalists directly what you want to read and in what format. We keep journalism NOW open to all. Simply visit contact us and let us know about it. We have no oligarchs or politicians behind us and no one dictates to the publisher how to write about one subject or another. Your support will help us maintain this independence. Any contribution, no matter how big or small, is extremely valuable to us. Support NOW with only $10 per month. Thank you.