French ambassador expelled from Belarus

Source : 112 Ukraine

France's ambassador to Belarus has left the country, reportedly following Minsk's order
08:42, 18 October 2021

France's Ambassador to Belarus Nicolas de Lacoste left Minsk after Belarusian authorities ordered his exit by Monday. It is reported by DW.

The spokeswoman who made the announcement did not say why the Belarusian authorities demanded he leave the country.

But according to reports in the Belarusian media, ambassador Nicolas de Lacoste never met President Alexander Lukashenko to give him copies of his credentials.

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France, like other EU countries, has not recognised the Belarusian strongman's claim to a sixth presidential term in disputed elections in August last year.  

"The Belarusian foreign ministry demanded that the ambassador leave before October 18. Ambassador Nicolas de Lacoste left Belarus today. He said goodbye to the staff of the embassy and recorded a video message to the Belarusian people, which will appear tomorrow morning on the embassy's website," an embassy spokeswoman said.

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