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Newsline: EU calls detention of senior diplomat in Belarus ‘deplorable’

The European Union condemned the detention of a senior diplomat to Belarus who attended the trial of opposition activists in the capital Minsk as “unacceptable and deplorable”. Evelina Schulz, chargée d’affaires of the EU delegation in Minsk, was detained by Belarusian police for more than two hours on Tuesday as she exited court after the public reading of verdicts in an otherwise closed-door trial, a spokesperson for the EU’s diplomatic service said. “This illegal detention of a diplomat is a serious breach of the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations … and undermines their security in Belarus,” Peter Stano, spokesperson for the European External Action Service (EEAS), said in an emailed statement. The Belarus foreign ministry responded by condemning Schulz for attending the trial and dismissed the EU criticism as a diplomatic “absurdity”. “We were forced to do this in response to unfriendly actions against our country,” Anatoly Glaz, spokesperson for the Belarusian foreign ministry said. The Vienna Convention governing diplomatic relations prohibits interfering in the domestic affairs of the host country and does not include “roaming around the courts or giving assessments of the work of the judiciary,” he added. (https://uk.investing.com/news/world-news/eu-calls-detention-of-senior-diplomat-in-belarus-deplorable-2745419) The Belarusian chargé d’affaires in Brussels was summoned for an explanation of the incident.

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