Slovakia, Czechia And Bulgaria To Recall Its Ambassadors From Belarus

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya continues her European tour. This time she met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia Ivan Korcok and representatives of the Belarusian diaspora, Tikhanovskaya’s telegram channel reports.

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya’s meeting with the head of the Slovak Foreign Ministry was preceded by a meeting with public figures, representatives of expertise centers and the media, where they discussed possible ways to overcome the crisis in Belarus and provide support to the Belarusian people.

Photo: Tomas Bokor

After that, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia Ivan Korcok met with Tihanovskaya. During the dialogue, the parties decided to extend the scholarship program funded by the Slovak authorities for students from Belarus, and also discussed support for Belarusian expertise and analytical centers.

Korcok announced the recall of the Slovak ambassador from Minsk as part of joint actions with the Polish and Lithuanian sides, which have already taken a similar step. At the meeting with representatives of the Belarusian diaspora in Slovakia, Tikhanovskaya expressed her gratitude to the participants of the actions of solidarity with the Belarusian people, and noted that the events in Belarus rallied people both inside the country and abroad.

Solidarity of Czech Republic and Bulgaria 

The Czech Republic recalls the Ambassador of the Republic to Belarus Tomas Pernitsky for consultations. The official representative of the Czech Foreign Ministry Zuzana Shtikhova announced this on Thursday, TASS reports.

“The Czech Republic recalls the republic’s ambassador to Belarus for consultations,” she said. “He will leave Minsk in about a week.”

Thus, the Czech Republic intends to express solidarity with Polish and Lithuanian ambassadors temporarily recalled from Belarus for consultations after the Belarusian Foreign Ministry demanded the embassies to reduce the diplomatic presence in the country.

“We considered the question of how to express solidarity with Poland and Lithuania in connection with the steps that Belarus took against them. Therefore, the [Czech] Foreign Ministry decided to recall Ambassador Pernitsky for consultations. They will last for about one week,” said Shtikhova.

Polish Ambassador Artur Michalski and Lithuanian Ambassador Andrius Pulokas left Belarus on 5 October. Several ambassadors of the EU member states – Germany, Latvia and Estonia – followed their example. Bulgaria also announced its intention to recall its ambassador from Minsk.

Head of the European Union’s Delegation to Belarus Dirk Schuebel remains in the Belarusian capital for now.  The Delegation stated that the EU stands united in its position on the situation in Belarus.