Ihor Skvortsov, the advisor of the Ukrainian Embassy to Belarus left the country after he was declared persona non-grata by the Belarusian authorities. Ihor Kyzym, the Ambassador of Ukraine to Belarus claimed this to Radio Liberty.
According to him, the Ukrainian diplomatic mission got the proper note from the Belarusian colleagues. Skvortsov left the Ukrainian Embassy on November 20.
‘When I was at the building of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry they gave me a note that declares Ihor Skvortsov persona non-grata. I answered that I will not protest and I cannot to not fulfill this and Ihor Skvortsov left after some time. I said that it is a nonsense but I have fulfill it’, Kyzym said.
As it was reported earlier Pavlo Sharoyko, a reporter for Ukrainian Radio, was detained in Belarus, as CEO of National Television Company of Ukraine Zurab Alasania wrote on Facebook.
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.
The State Security Committee of Belarus has accused Ukrainian journalist Pavlo Sharoyko of espionage. This was reported on the website of the committee.
"Criminal case was brought against P. Sharoyko under article 358 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus ("espionage") and a decision was made to impose a preventive measure in the form of detention," the statement reads.