Slovakian FM: EU ambassadors to return to Belarus in nearest time

Slovakia’s Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák, speaking to Polish media in Brussels, said that European Union ambassadors should return to Belarus in «a matter of days».

He believes that the less attention mass media and politicians pay on the ambassadors’ return the better it is for the aims Europe would like to reach in Belarus.

«It is time the ambassadors returned. We need them to do their work,» Miroslav Lajčák stated. They should not be involved in the political row between the EU and Belarus, the official notes.

In the Minister’s opinion, the EU was rather noble not having sent Belarusian ambassadors home. According to him, it was a sign that the EU was not interested in escalation of the situation.

Miroslav Lajčák called the release of former presidential candidate Andrey Sannikau and his aide, Zmitser Bandarenka, over the weekend «an important event» which offered what he called «a slight opening, a positive momentum.» But the release was just «a first step on a long road», he said.

According to human rights defenders, thirteen political prisoners remain behind bars in Belarus, including another former presidential candidate Mikalai Statkevich.


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