Ukraine expels Belarusian diplomat from the country

Source : 112 Ukraine

This decision was made in response to the announcement of the adviser of the Ukrainian Embassy in Belarus Skvortsov persona non-grata
13:32, 21 November 2017

Ukraine deported Belarusian diplomat in response to the declaration of the adviser of Ukrainian Embassy in Belarus Ihor Skvortsov persona non-grata. This was reported by the spokesperson of Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry Mariana Betsa to Interfax-Ukraine agency.

"Due to the fact that the Belarusian side declared persona non-grata and expelled Ukrainian diplomat, Ukraine, guided by the principle of mutuality, also expelled Belarusian diplomat from the country," Betsa said.

At the same time, the Foreign Ministry did not specify the name of the deported diplomat, as well as his post.

Earlier, Belarus announced the advisor of Ukrainian Embassy in Minsk Ihor Skvortsov persona non-grata due to the detention of the Ukrainian Radio's special correspondent Pavlo Sharoyko. 

Ihor Skvortsov later left the country. Ukrainian diplomatic mission got the proper note from the Belarusian colleagues. Skvortsov left the Ukrainian Embassy on November 20.

As it was reported earlier Pavlo Sharoyko, a reporter for Ukrainian Radio, was detained in Belarus, as CEO of National Television Company of Ukraine.

Vasyl Kyrylych, the Head of Department of Consular Support confirmed the information on the detention of Pavlo Sharoyko, the journalist of the Ukrainian radio.  According to Kyrylych, the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine assumes measures to protect the rights of the detained citizen of Ukraine. Ihor Kyzym, the Ambassador of Ukraine to Belarus added that the Embassy of Ukraine sent a note to the Foreign Ministry of Belarus.

Related: Belarus shows video of questioning of Ukrainian journalist Sharoyko

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