Swedish ambassador was kicked out from Minsk
16:37, — Politics
This was reported by the Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt on Twitter.
"Lukashenka's regime expelled the Ambassador of Sweden to Belarus for being too supportive of human rights. Outrageous. Shows nature of the regime", wrote in his blog, the Swedish Minister.
In the following message Carl Bildt stated that the Swedish side does not want to see the Belarusian Ambassador and two other mambers of the Blearusian embassy in the country and would insist on their departure from Sweden.
For now there is no official confirmation of the expulsion of the Swedish diplomat from the Belarusian side.
The diplomatic scandal was a continuation of the history with Swedish "Teddy Troopers".
As the website charter97.org reported, on July 4 the Swedish aircraft flew through the Belarusian-Lithuanian border unnoticed by the Air Defense system. Over the Ivyanets city and outskirts of Minsk the crew dropped teddy bears with flyers in support of freedom of speech in Belarus. The Belarusian authorities did not recognize the fact of flight until July 26, stating that "the check is going on." In the meantime, Anton Suryapin, who posted pictures of the teddy bears found near Ivyanets on the internet, and Sergei Basharimau, the realtor, who rented an apartment to Swedes in Minsk, had been detained.
After this Lukashenka dismissed the Chairman of the State Border Committee, Major-General Igor Raczkowski and Commander of the Air Force and Air Defense Forces, Major-General Dmitry Pahmelkin. Three days ago pro-Lukashenka newspaper "Sovetskaya Belorussia" accused Swedish politicians, in particular, the Ambassador Stefan Eriksson in "imperialism" and "excessive interest" to our country.
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