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The dispute is the latest in a series of diplomatic spats between Belarus and Western nations, especially European Union states that have taken steps against the ex-Soviet country and its longtime leader, Lukashenko, over its stifling of human rights.

The move comes days after Belarus expelled Sweden’s ambassador to Minsk for allegedly irritating authorities by meeting with the country’s opposition and providing a university with books containing material about human rights issues. In turn, Sweden said it would not allow entry for the incoming Belarusian ambassador to Stockholm and by asking two Belarusian diplomats to leave the Nordic country.

Sweden’s Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said Wednesday that Lukashenko’s “fear of human rights (is) reaching new heights,” by deciding to also kick out Sweden’s six envoys there.

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