France’s Ambassador to Belarus Nicolas de Lacoste exited Minsk on Sunday on the demands of the Belarusian foreign ministry.
“Today, another diplomat – Ambassador Nicolas de Lacoste, was forced to leave Minsk by the regime. Ambassador didn’t present credentials to Lukashenka & was vocal about human rights abuses,” Franak Viačorka, Senior Advisor to Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, said in a tweet.
“Thank you, dear Ambassador, for your solidarity and principled position,” he added.
Lacoste had opted to deliver his credentials to the regime’s foreign minister, Vladimir Makei, rather than President Aleksander Lukashenko, 67, a move Lukashenko saw as an insult.
According to a French spokesperson, the Belarusian foreign ministry demanded that the ambassador leaves before October 18.
“He said goodbye to the staff of the embassy and recorded a video message to the Belarusian people, which will appear tomorrow morning on the embassy’s website,” the French embassy’s spokesperson added.
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