EU calls Belarus’ demand to reduce diplomatic presence of some Member States “unfounded and regrettable”

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On 4 October, EU High Representative Josep Borrell reacted to the demand of Belarusian authorities for Poland and Lithuania to withdraw their ambassadors and reduce their diplomatic representations in Minsk.

Mr Borrell called these demands “unfounded and regrettable”. He further added “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,” Borrell said in his statement.

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