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Belarus expels Swedish diplomats, recalls own envoys

Published on Aug 8, 2012 8:31 PM

STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Sweden's ties with Belarus soured further on Wednesday as Minsk expelled all Swedish diplomats and closed its mission in Stockholm, five days after the ex-Soviet state expelled the Swedish ambassador.

President Alexander Lukashenko "is now throwing all Swedish diplomats out of Belarus. His fear of human rights reaching new heights", Foreign Minister Carl Bildt wrote on Twitter.

European Union (EU) ambassadors will hold an emergency meeting Friday on the issue, an EU source in Brussels said.

"There will be an emergency meeting of the European Union ambassadors Friday to decide on appropriate measures," the source said on condition of anonymity, adding that the meeting would be held in Brussels.

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