Romania is recalling its ambassador to Belarus in solidarity with Lithuania and Poland, Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu said Friday,
Bucharest’s move follows several other states amid ongoing tensions after the disputed presidential election where Alexander Lukashenko claimed victory.
Belarus has accused its neighbors Poland and Lithuania of meddling in its affairs by hosting exiled opposition leaders and refusing to recognize the victory on Aug, 9 of Lukashenko who has been president since 1994. Critics say the vote was rigged.
Romania joins Germany, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Bulgaria and Slovakia in recalling its top envoy.
„We decided to recall our ambassador in Belarus for consultations in solidarity with Lithuania and Poland,” Mr. Aurescu said on Twitter. „Belarus needs to understand that using diplomatic pressure on EU member states will not help dialogue and will not bring positive results.”
European Union anctions now target 40 Belarus officials over the elections, but not Mr Lukashenko.
Many opposition activists have been beaten up by police and thousands have been arrested during months of unrest. They are demanding the release of all political prisoners and a free and fair re-run of the election.