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Refusal to issue Belarusian diplomatic visas to six Lithuanian MPs explained

Politics 08.09.2017 | 18:35
The Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. An archive photo
The Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. An archive photo

MINSK, 8 September (BelTA) – Upon BelTA's request the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made a few comments in response to statements made by the Lithuanian politician Laurynas Kasciunas, who believes that six parliamentarians have been denied visas to enter Belarus because the country's leadership is afraid of them.

According to Dmitry Mironchik, Head of the Information Office, Press Secretary of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lithuanian mass media have quite liberally interpreted the situation. “The fact is that the embassy of Belarus has been unable to issue visas to Lithuanian MPs, including Mr Kasciunas, because the purpose of their visit had nothing to do with diplomacy,” said Dmitry Mironchik.

Dmitry Mironchik went on saying that Lithuanian MPs are free to visit and stay in Belarus without visas using regular passports for up to five days by entering the country via the Minsk National Airport. It is an option Belarus unilaterally offers to citizens of Lithuania and several dozens of other countries. “Unless, of course, Mr Kasciunas is afraid,” noted the official spokesman of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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