MINSK, 25 October (BelTA) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus confirms the act of vandalism against the Belarusian embassy building in Prague, Press Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Anatoly Glaz told reporters, BelTA learned from the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus.
“Our diplomats are subjected to constant pressure because of their work in a number of the EU countries. In this regard, acts of vandalism against diplomatic institutions are not uncommon. Some of these incidents just do not reach the public domain. The main thing here is whether the host country acts appropriately and fulfills its obligations under the Vienna Convention. In fact, no substantive response has been given to a number of simply egregious cases yet,” the spokesperson noted.
As for the situation in Prague, Anatoly Glaz confirmed that on the night of 21 October, an act of vandalism was committed against the Belarusian embassy building in the Czech Republic when paint was sprayed on the fence. As a result, damage was done not only to the outer part of the fence along its entire length, but also to a metal gate, a wicket, intercoms, signboards, and so on.
“It should be noted that Czech law enforcement officers responded promptly, the arriving unit detained the attacker. The motives and identity of the vandal are not disclosed. We expect that in accordance with Article 22 of the Vienna Convention, the Czech authorities will take all necessary measures to protect the premises of the diplomatic mission from any intrusion or damage and prevent any disturbance of the mission's operation,” the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.