NATO deplores the decision of the Belarusian authorities to limit the diplomatic presence in the republic of some member states of the alliance. It was stated today, on October 7, by the Secretary-General of the Organization Jens Stoltenberg.
“The decision to limit the diplomatic presence of allies in Minsk is unjustified, and we regret this step,” he said, adding that “we urge Minsk to reconsider this decision”.
In addition, Stoltenberg urged Minsk and Moscow not to violate the rights of citizens of Belarus who go out to protest against the authorities.
“We are deeply concerned about the arrests and kidnappings of opposition leaders. Both Minsk and Moscow must respect the right of the Belarusian people to determine their own future,” the NATO Secretary-General stressed.
Let us remind that since August 9, protests against the results of the presidential election in Belarus, where Alexander Lukashenko was declared the winner, have continued. The EU countries and the USA refused to recognize the voting results and supported the Belarusian opposition. In early October, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry reported that the ambassadors of Belarus to Poland and Lithuania responded to Minsk for consultations, and “the ambassadors of Poland and Lithuania to Belarus respectively were invited to follow this example. In addition, the embassies of these countries were recommended to reduce the number of workers who are in Minsk.