Ukraine’s consulate in the border city of Brest is set to be closed amid spying accusations
Ukrainian embassy in Minsk, Belarus. © Wikipedia
Ukraine’s diplomatic presence in Belarus will be reduced from two dozen to just five people in the embassy, with the consulate in Brest set to close in order to prevent “unfriendly actions,” Minsk announced on Wednesday.
Belarusian Foreign Ministry spokesman Anatoly Glaz said in a statement that the decision was caused by Ukraine’s politics over the years, which, in his opinion, were aimed at the “irresponsible destruction” of bilateral relations, business, and people-to-people connections.
“In full accordance with Article 11 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the Republic of Belarus has decided to reduce the number of Ukrainian diplomats on its territory. This step is aimed at stopping the non-diplomatic activities of a number of employees of Ukrainian foreign missions. They were asked to leave our country within 72 hours,” Glaz said.