On November 26, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus summoned Ukrainian Ambassador Ihor Kyzym and presented him with a note of protest, expressing strong concerns over the series of “anti-Belarusian actions” held near Belarus’s embassy in Kyiv and its honorary consulate in Lviv. The Belarusian Foreign Affairs Ministry insists that those pickets in support of the protest movement against President Alyaksandr Lukashenka and his political repression pose a “direct threat to its functioning and the security of embassy employees and their families.” The Ministry demanded that Ukraine ensure “the security of the diplomatic mission at a proper level, consistent with the norms of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations” (Mfa.gov.by, November 26). Moreover, the Belarusian authorities stated that Minsk “expects those acts of vandalism to be properly investigated as well as properly assessed by Ukrainian law enforcement agencies” (Eurointegration.com.ua, November 26).
The Belarusian-Ukrainian diplomatic row: What is happening and why now?
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