2021.06.04 09:32

Lithuania plans to recall ambassador from Minsk after term expires

BNS2021.06.04 09:32

Under the proposal submitted to the government, Lithuanian Ambassador to Belarus Andrius Pulokas would be recalled from Minsk as of August 5.

Pulokas has been working in Vilnius since October when he was recalled for consultations after Belarus demanded that Lithuania reduce its embassy staff.

Once the ambassador is recalled, a chargé d'affaires ad interim will stay to lead the embassy.

Lithuania does not recognise Alexander Lukashenko as a legitimately elected president of Belarus, therefore, a new Lithuanian ambassador could not present his credentials to Lukashenko.

"The chargé d'affaires ad interim remains in Minsk, until a change in circumstances," Asta Skaisgirytė, the Lithuanian president's chief foreign policy adviser, told BNS.

Pulokas was appointed by then President Dalia Grybauskaitė in July 2016.

In Lithuania, ambassadors are appointed and dismissed by the president upon nomination by the government and approval of the parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs.

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