First secretary of Belarusian Embassy in Latvia declared persona non-grata

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The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

According to RFE/RL

On 2 August the first secretary of the Belarusian Embassy in Latvia Dzmitry Kraiushkin was informed that he had 24 hours to leave the territory of Latvia because of the deeds that are incompatible with diplomatic status. Thats why the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia declared him persona non-grata in conformity with Vienna convention of 1961. On 2 August the appropriate note was passed to the charge d'affaires of the Republic of Belarus Valery Douhan.

This step is the continuation of the diplomatic scandal between Belarus and Latvia that started with the search in the flat of the second secretary of the Latvian Embassy in Minsk, whom the Belarusian authorities accused of distributing pornography.

On 2 August the foreign minister of Latvia Artis Pabriks stated that he considered it impossible to attend meet the new Belarusian Ambassador in Riga Aliaksandr Herasimenka till the Belarusian side gives official explanations concerning the incident.

Unlike the Belarusian diplomat, the second secretary of the Latvian Embassy Reimo Smits has left Minsk for a rest in Riga.