The Presidency of the EU is concerned with recent developments in the relationship between Belarus and the United States. In particular it regrets the decision of the Government of Belarus to declare 10 United States diplomats personae non gratae. Such a measure is unjustified and harmful to the interests of the people of Belarus. This decision jeopardises the Embassy's ability to operate and carry out normal diplomatic functions.
The Presidency would like to express its solidarity with the United States and its diplomatic service. It calls on the Government of Belarus to reconsider its decision and to take immediate steps allowing for a normalization of the relationship between Belarus and the United States on the basis of mutually beneficial cooperation.