Foreign Policy

"Teddy Bear Airdrop" Scandal Continues

Diplomatic relations between Belarus and Sweden continues to deteriorate after parachuting teddy bears incident.

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Minsk has decided to recall its embassy staff from Sweden and suggested that Stockholm does the same, thus continuing the "Teddy Bear Airdrop" scandal.

The Belarusian Foreign Ministry announced the move on its website on Wednesday. The report added that, in accordance with the principles provided by the Vienna convention, Sweden can take mirror retaliatory measures and recall their embassy staff from Belarus before August 30.

However, the ministry stressed that the move did not mean that Belarus was severing diplomatic relations between the two countries.