Belarusian media reported that Alexander Lukasenko never received his credentials from the ambassador.
Nicolas de Bouillane de Lacoste de French, the French ambassador in Belarus, has left the country, Minsk asking him to before Monday, Oct 18, his embassy stated on Sunday.
“Ambassador Nicolas de Lacoste left Belarus today”A spokeswoman for the embassy said, She didn’t explain why the Belarusian Foreign Ministry asked the ambassador to leave.
According to Belarusian media reports, the ambassador was expelled for not presenting his credentials to President Alexander Lukashenko.
On its website, the French Embassy in Belarus stated that the diplomat had been presented to it on December 8, 2020. “The figurative version of his credentials.”Vladimir Makei, Minister for Foreign Affairs
“The Belarusian Foreign Ministry asked that the ambassador depart before October 18th.”The spokesperson said,
“He said goodbye and sent a video to the Belarusian people. This message will appear tomorrow (Monday), on the Embassy website.”She repeated it again.
France, along with other European Union countries, has not recognised the results of last August’s presidential election, which gave a sixth term of office to Alexander Lukashenko. This sparked protests that lasted several months. It was a remarkable event in this former Soviet Republic, and an ally of Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
After the crackdown on Alexander Lukasenko’s supporters, the United States of America and the European Union imposed a string of sanctions against Belarus.
The 67-year old leader of Belarus, who accuses Western governments instigating protests in the hopes of provoking revolution, is resisting sanctions at the moment, with the support and credit from Moscow. Recently, Belarus severed ties with Western interlocutors.
He expelled all Latvian diplomat staff, including the ambassador, in March because the Latvian authorities used a Belarusian opposition flag during an ice hockey tournament.
In August Minsk reneged on its agreement to appoint Julie Fisher as American ambassador. Fisher was then confirmed as the United States’ first envoy to the former Soviet republic since 2008.
The regime has successfully ended the protests, jailed hundreds of people and closed down many media outlets and non-governmental organizations. Opposition leaders were all jailed or forced to flee.