PR dla Zagranicy
John Beauchamp 10.08.2012 14:47
Belarus-EU relations, are back on the cards after Minsk kicked out Sweden’s ambassador to the country.
Photo: PAP/EPA/TATYANA ZENKOVICH
The move comes after a Swedish advertising agency, Studio Total, air-dropped teddy bears in Belarus with little parachutes and placards calling for free speech back in July.
An enraged President Alexander Lukashenko fired two security chiefs in response, and said future intruders will be shot down.
Was the reaction by the Belarusian authorities to expel Sweden’s amabassador brought on about the bears or because of Sweden’s activity in the Eastern Partnership programme, which seeks to bring a number of post-Soviet countries closer to the EU? We hear reaction from Carl Bildt, Sweden’s Foreign Minister.