Polish, Lithuanian ambassadors recalled from Belarus

Polish ambassador to Belarus Artur Michalski and his Lithuanian counterpart Andrius Pulokas left the country on Monday evening, the independent Belarusian portal “TUT.by” has reported.

On Monday evening, Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau, announced a decision in the matter to recall some EU country ambassadors accredited in Belarus. "In agreement with the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the EU member states, we have decided to recall some of the accredited ambassadors in the Republic of Belarus for consultations," the head of Polish diplomacy wrote on Twitter.

He also expressed thanks "for the solidarity expressed with Poland and Lithuania by its partners from the EU." "Support for Belarusians and their efforts to democratise the country remains a priority. We need communication channels and the capacity to act for a sovereign and democratic Republic of Belarus. Any attempts to stigmatise any EU member state will be met with a clear and solidary response," Rau said.

The Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday demanded that the Polish and Lithuanian embassies limit the number of their diplomats in Belarus. "Due to the clearly destructive activity of Poland and Lithuania, it has been proposed that by October 9, 2020, they should equate the composition of their diplomatic missions in Belarus with Belarusian ones" said Belarusian Foreign Ministry spokesman Anatol Hlaz.