Belarus says it has expelled the vast majority of Ukrainian diplomats primarily based within the nation because of “unfriendly” movements.
Belarusian international ministry spokesman Anatoli Glaz accused Kyiv on Wednesday of “interfering” in state affairs.
“Belarus has made up our minds to cut back the collection of Ukrainian diplomats on its territory,” he introduced on Wednesday.
“This measure is aimed toward finishing non-diplomatic actions of numerous personnel individuals of Ukrainian diplomatic establishments.”
Of greater than 20 embassy personnel, most effective the Ukrainian ambassador and 4 diplomats will stay in Minsk, he added.
Belarus stated it’ll additionally shut the Ukrainian consulate in Brest “because of the efficient absence of personnel”.
Minsk — a key best friend of Russia amid the battle in Ukraine — had already withdrawn all its personal diplomats from Ukraine.
“Since 2020, Belarus has seen a lot of unfriendly movements of Ukraine aimed on the irresponsible destruction of interstate members of the family with our nation, business contacts and normal ties,” Glaz stated.
“The location has reached the sort of level that the Ukrainian government have began to intrude at once and not directly in our interior affairs and put contacts between our states on dangle.”
As early as 2021, they known as Belarus an enemy nation,” he added.
On Tuesday the Belarusian safety carrier, the KGB, accused 8 Ukrainian diplomats of espionage.
In the meantime, Ukrainian officers have time and again accused Minsk of getting ready to ship its personal troops into Ukraine, which Belarus denies.
The rustic has additionally served as a platform for the primary two classes of Russian-Ukrainian talks.