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UK says Belarus expulsion of British diplomats 'unjustified'

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab speaks during an interview with Reuters in Seoul, South Korea, September 29, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Monday a decision by Belarus to expel two British diplomats was “wholly unjustified”.

“The expulsion of two UK diplomats from Belarus for legitimately observing protests is wholly unjustified,” Raab said in a tweet.

“(Belarusian leader) Lukashenko can’t hide the oppression of his own people. The only way forward is free & fair elections & accountability for those responsible for violence against demonstrators,” Raab added.

Earlier, Russian news agency RIA reported that Belarus had declared the two diplomats persona non grata, citing alleged “destructive activity”.

Reporting by William James, editing by Estelle Shirbon