Diplomatic difficulties between Belarus and the EU
The European Union may withdraw all their Ambassadors from the Republic of Belarus. A diplomat told Russia’s Ria Novosti news agency that the EU will send a “very clear message” to Belarus, a former soviet Republic, over the diplomatic difficulties with Sweden.
"Everyone around the table was absolutely clear that this was not just a situation merely between Sweden and Belarus. It's a situation that affects the EU's relations with Belarus," EU diplomat Olof Skoog told the news agency after a joint conference with the EU officials.
The conflict began after a Swedish PR company dropped teddy bears with pro-democracy messages over Belarus. As a result, the Swedish Ambassador was expelled. Belarus has withdrawn its entire diplomatic staff from Stockholm, so the diplomatic relations between the two countries ceased recently.
Another incident took place this week when two journalists were fined after taking pictures with the teddy bears dropped by the Swedish firm.