MINSK, 20 December (BelTA) - The Belarusian Embassy in London was attacked in the evening of 19 December. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus has revealed the details of the incident, BelTA has learned.
"At first, a group of people damaged the facade of the building of the embassy, and then physically attacked the Belarusian diplomats who arrived at the scene. One of them suffered serious bodily injuries and needed urgent medical attention. In a healthcare institution he was diagnosed a fracture of the nose, a mild concussion and a traumatic tooth fracture," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
According to the ministry, after the arrival of law enforcement, the radicals attempted to flee the scene. Nevertheless, some of the attackers were detained by the diplomatic police of London. It has been established that the persons are allegedly members of the radical emigrant group Nadzeya.
“This attack committed against persons, who protect the interests of Belarusian citizens and work to improve interstate relations, once again eloquently demonstrates the true face and methods of fanatics, whom a number of Western countries are trying to pass off as peaceful protesters,” the ministry stressed.
The UK charge d'affaires has been summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. The ministry expressed its resolute protest against the incident, and required to bring to justice those responsible, and to inform the Belarusian side about the procedural actions and their results.
“The Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs assumes that the British authorities will take all appropriate measures to protect the embassy against any intrusion or damage and to prevent any breach of the peace of the mission or an affront to its dignity in accordance with Article 22 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations,” the ministry said.