Lithuania expels two Belarusian diplomats

The move comes as the EU considers further sanctions against Belarus.

Lithuania has told two Belarusian diplomats to leave the country, the foreign ministry announced on Friday. The two officials’ activities were deemed “incompatible with diplomatic status,” Reuters reported.

The expelled Belarusians were “intelligence officers working under diplomatic cover,” Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis tweeted. “No thank you, and goodbye.”

“With this decision, Lithuania also stands in solidarity with Latvia, whose diplomats and employees at the embassy in Minsk were unjustifiably expelled by Belarus a few days ago,” the ministry’s statement added.

Lithuania has called for a strong EU response to an incident on Sunday when Belarus redirected an Athens to Vilnius flight to land in Minsk, where dissident Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich and his partner, who were on board, were arrested.

When it comes to Belarus, “nobody is safe,” Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė said.

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