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Belarus expels 2 British diplomats over “destructive nature”

The country has been facing barrage of criticism from EU over disputed presidential election.

• November 10, 2020
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko (Photo Credit: BBC)

Two British diplomats have been expelled from Belarus over what the authorities described as activities of a “destructive nature,’’ Belarusian state media reported  on Tuesday.

The diplomats were declared personae non gratae on Sunday and have already left the country, according to state news agency, BelTA.

“The decision was taken by the Belarusian side solely because of the confirmed destructive nature of the activities of the said persons,’’ Belarusian foreign ministry spokesperson Anatoly Glaz said in comments carried by BelTA.

Bilateral relations have been at a nadir in recent months, in October, Britain recalled its ambassador, Jacqueline Perkins.

A former Soviet republic in Eastern Europe between Russia and EU member state Poland, Belarus has faced a barrage of complaints by Western powers in recent months stemming from allegations that Belarusian authorities rigged the August 9 presidential election.

Belarus’ disputed president, Alexander Lukashenko, 66, has been in power for more than a quarter of a century, tolerating little dissent.

The European Union has refused to recognise his current presidency.

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