Belarus / US woes

April 30, 2008

Belarus has ordered a number of US diplomats to leave the country. The ex-Soviet republic’s latest move comes amid a row over human rights violations and follows the expulsion of the US ambassador in March.

The foreign ministry summoned the most senior US diplomat, presenting him with a list of officials "declared personae non gratae and required to leave".

Jonathan Moore said he had been given a list of 10 US diplomats who had been ordered to leave within 72 hours.

This has to do with Belarus’ leadership rigging elections and holding political prisoners, something that seems quaint and archaic in 21th century Europe.

But, there is one thing Belarus has in common with the US that no other country in Europe does. Can you guess what that is ?



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