MFA in Minsk: Belarusian ambassadors in Poland and Lithuania returned to the country for consultations

"The Belarusian ambassadors in Poland and Lithuania, Uladzimir Chushau and Valer Baranouski, have returned to Minsk for consultations," said the spokesman for the Belarusian Foreign Ministry Anatol Hłaz on Monday.

The decision to recall the ambassadors was taken on Friday, when the European Union imposed sanctions against 40 representatives of the Belarusian government for rigging the August presidential elections and repressing people protesting against the forgery.

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 unequivocally destructive activity of Poland and Lithuania, it was proposed that by October 9, 2020 they should equate the composition of their diplomatic missions in Belarus with Belarusian ones in individual countries," Hłaz said.

The head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, in a statement released on Sunday, stated that the demands of the Belarusian MFA to limit the number of diplomatic staff in the Lithuanian and Polish embassies in Minsk are "unjustified" and "regrettable".

The head of the Lithuanian MFA, Linas Linkevichius, announced that Vilnius was not considering dismissing the ambassador and other diplomats from Belarus in response to Minsk's diplomatic actions. He stated that Lithuania "coordinates its actions with Poland".