The British authorities expelled two Belarusian diplomats from the country in response to similar actions by Minsk. British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced this on his Twitter page.
According to him, the actions of the Belarusian side against British diplomats were unfounded. “The United Kingdom should not be intimidated by the attempts of the regime of [President of Belarus Alexander] Lukashenko to prevent us from talking about election fraud and disgusting violence against the Belarusian people,” the Foreign Minister stressed.
Earlier, Belarus announced the British military attache White Boycott Timothy and the deputy ambassador Tamwood Lisa as persona non grata. It was reported that the decision was made due to the fact that British diplomats conducted activities that are incompatible with their status and goals of being in Belarus. In particular, according to information from law enforcement agencies, they collected information about the internal political situation in the country and the course of the protests. At the same time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus stressed that they do not close the doors for dialogue with London.
Earlier in November, the European Union imposed sanctions on Lukashenka. As the EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Josep Borrell explained, the president is not ready for a dialogue with the opposition and will not agree to a peaceful settlement of the crisis in the republic.
In September, it was reported that Western countries were going to investigate human rights violations in Belarus. The 17 member countries of the organization will launch the “Moscow Mechanism” – an independent commission of experts that will study cases of serious human rights violations in the republic. Great Britain was also among the designated countries.