Belarus to reduce staff at its embassy in Tallinn and asks Estonia to do the same at its embassy in Minsk

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia received an official note from the Belarusian Embassy in Tallinn, which informed it of the decision of the Belarusian authorities to reduce the number of employees to a minimum, urging Estonia to even at his embassy. in Minsk.

Belarus linked its decision to an event that Estonia organized a few days ago in New York in support of the Belarusian opposition and which was also attended by Belarusian opposition leader Svyatlana Tsihanovskaya, ” the statement released by the ministry reads, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

In this regard, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said that this type of reaction shows, even more, the criminal face of the current Belarusian regime.

“Estonia will always support the democratic efforts of the Belarusian opposition and civil society so that violations of human rights and international law in the country do not go unnoticed,” he underlined.

Furthermore, he underlined that more pressure should be exerted on the regime of Alyaksandr Lukashenko.

At the same time, he explained that the Belarusian authorities were also complicit in Russia’s war against Ukraine, which has been going on for more than six months now.

According to the Minister, precisely for this reason, sanctions against the regime must be strengthened, international isolation must continue and legal accountability must be ensured.

As the Minister explains, Estonia takes into account Belarus’ decision to reduce the number of embassies and responds to Estonia in any way it chooses.

Moreover, in the statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, it is said that the ministry had analyzed Estonia’s recent actions and considered them as “provocations” against the country’s sovereignty and independence.

As stated in the ministry’s statement, the Belarusian side will take all necessary measures so that the populist actions of official Tallinn do not affect the real interests of ordinary citizens of Belarus and Estonia, including consular support.

According to the ministry, given the situation in Estonia “disrespectful attitude”Belarus now “does not see the point of a significant diplomatic presence of Estonia on its territory”. However, the ministry announced that from October 1, the number of employees should be reduced in the two diplomatic missions to two staff members each.

Furthermore, she added that diplomatic relations between the two sides will be restored when the Estonian leadership returns to the civilized and universally recognized principles of interstate communication and mutually respectful dialogue.

Previously, Estonia also decided to tighten restrictions on Russia and Belarus due to the war in Ukraine.

In this regard, the Estonian Foreign Ministry pointed out that Russian and Belarusian citizens can no longer obtain visas or residence permits for study purposes in Estonia, adding that even Russian and Belarusian workers can no longer s register for employment in Estonia with visas issued by other EU countries.

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