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Newsline: Belarus’s failure to renew EU ambassador’s accreditation seen as “hostile” move

The Belarusian authorities have decided not to renew the accreditation of the European Union ambassador to Belarus, Dirk Schuebel, a decision that the bloc considers a “hostile” act that will further damage the already deteriorated bilateral relations. “It is obvious that this hostile step will further reduce the space for diplomatic contacts and bilateral relations,” a spokesman for the EU’s External Action Service told Europa Press. (https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/belarus-does-not-renew-european-ambassador-s-accreditation-eu-sees-it-as-hostile-act/ar-AA12Pwar) he head of the European Union delegation in Minsk “remained willing and committed” to continue his mandate, the spokesman lamented, regretting that Alexander Lukashenko’s regime has gone “one step further” in the deterioration of relations. The European diplomacy also recalls that this incident is in addition to what happened last September, when the business manager of the EU delegation in Minsk, Evelina Schulz, was detained in an “illegal and unacceptable” manner, after the senior official attended the trial of opposition activists.

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