More than 30 diplomats were on their way back to Warsaw from Belarus on Friday, a Polish deputy foreign minister said, after Minsk asked Poland to scale back the number of staff at its embassy amid tensions over a crackdown on protests, as reported by Reuters.
Belarus has accused its neighbours Poland and Lithuania of meddling in its affairs by hosting exiled opposition leaders and refusing to recognise Alexander Lukashenko’s victory in the Aug. 9 poll. His critics say the vote was rigged, which he denies.
Belarus recalled its own ambassadors from Poland and Lithuania last Friday. Eight other countries, including Romania, Germany and the Czech Republic have recalled their ambassadors to Belarus in solidarity with Poland and Lithuania.