Belarus recalled its ambassador Igor Fisenko from France for consultations. About it reported press secretary of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry Anatoly Glaz on the website of the department.
He also confirmed that French ambassador Nicolas de Lacoste left the country on Sunday. The diplomat entered Belarus in November last year and handed copies of his credentials to the Foreign Minister. However, then, the spokesman said, De Lacoste did not complete the procedure for taking office and the term of consent to his appointment expired. Glaz pointed out that Minsk’s demand for the diplomat’s departure was forced and assured the ministry of the ministry’s desire to restore the usual format of the diplomatic missions’ work.
As Franak Vyachorka, an adviser to the leader of the Belarusian opposition Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, explained, the diplomat did not hand over his credentials to Alyaksandr Lukashenka and reported violations of human rights in the country. transfers RBC.
Embassy of France published October 18, De Lacoste’s farewell letter. He explained that he did not present his credentials to Lukashenko, since Paris did not recognize the results of the presidential elections in Belarus, which took place in early August 2020. De Lacoste called the days spent in Belarus difficult and urged the people of the country “not to lose hope.” “Know that we will be on your side,” he said.
Fisenko’s predecessor as Ambassador of Belarus to France was Pavel Latushko (from 2014 to 2019).
In the 2020 presidential elections, according to the CEC, Alexander Lukashenko, who has been head of state for more than 25 years, won. The opposition rejected the official voting results, reporting multiple irregularities in the conduct and counting of votes. After the announcement of the results, mass protests took place in the country, which were suppressed by the security forces. The European Union refused to recognize the election results.