MINSK, 23 September (BelTA) - The Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Triin Hiesalu, Charge d'Affaires of Estonia in Belarus, on 23 September, BelTA learned from the press service of the ministry.
“The Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has analyzed a number of recent deliberate actions of the Estonian authorities, including official attempts to appropriate the right to speak on behalf of the Belarusian people and adventurism on the UN platform. They cannot be viewed otherwise than as provocations against the sovereignty and independence of our country. Respect for these principles, as well as non-interference in each other's domestic affairs, is the basic foundation of normal bilateral relations between any states. Therefore, the blatant disregard of them by the authorities of the Republic of Estonia with respect to the Republic of Belarus cannot remain without an appropriate response,” the ministry said.
Given the disrespectful attitude of the Estonian authorities to the country's sovereignty, the Republic of Belarus, in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, sees no point in Estonia's extensive diplomatic presence on its territory. “In this regard, the staff of this country's embassy should be brought down to one diplomatic staff member to perform consular functions and one administrative and technical employee as from 1 October 2022. Belarus will similarly reduce its diplomatic presence in Estonia. The Belarusian ambassador to Estonia is recalled for consultations in Minsk,” the ministry said.
Belarus will take all necessary measures to ensure that the populist actions of official Tallinn do not affect the real interests of ordinary citizens of Belarus and Estonia, including in terms of consular support.
“Minsk will continue its policy of maintaining traditionally good-neighborly relations with the friendly Estonian people. The restoration of full diplomatic presence and full dialogue may be considered by Belarus once the Estonian authorities return to the civilized and generally accepted principles of interstate communication and mutually respectful dialogue,” the Belarusian ministry of foreign affairs said.