Published On: Tue, Oct 19th, 2021
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French Ambassador Ordered out of Belarus in Diplomatic Spaton October 19, 2021 at 7:08 am

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PARIS—France says that its ambassador to Belarus has been ordered out of the country. In a communique Monday, France’s Foreign Minister said that Ambassador Nicolas de Lacoste’s departure on Sunday was due to the “unilateral decision” of Belarusian authorities. Local media say the move to kick the ambassador out is linked to fallout over the non-recognition by France, and other European Union countries, of Lukashenko’s re-election in August 2020. The Belarusian Foreign Ministry said that the emergency departure of the French ambassador from the country is connected with his unwillingness to present his credentials to Lukashenko. “The head of the French diplomatic mission did not express readiness to complete the procedure for assuming office as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Belarus, which is stipulated by international law and generally recognized practice,” said Anatoly Glaz, press secretary of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry. France’s Foreign Ministry explained that de …

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