EU and Poland to recall ambassadors from Belarus, says Ashton

The EU and Poland will recall their respective ambassadors in Belarus following the request by the Belarusian authorities that the Head of the EU Delegation in Minsk and the Ambassador of Poland to Belarus leave the country, said EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton. In a statement issued last night, Ashton said the decision to recall for consultations the two ambassadors had been taken in coordination with Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski.
In addition, Catherine Ashton has called a meeting of Member States Ambassadors (PSC) in Brussels today to coordinate the EU response. “In an expression of solidarity and unity, it was agreed that the ambassadors of the EU Member States in Minsk will all be withdrawn for consultations to their capitals,” she said, adding: “All EU Member States will also summon Belarusian ambassadors to their foreign ministries.”
The EU will continue to follow the situation closely, said the High Representative.
The development came after the EU yesterday further stepped up restrictive measures against those responsible for the crackdown on civil society in Belarus. (ENPI Info Centre)
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