Belarus: EU External Relations

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 8th March 2017.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the progress of implementation of the EU's Mobility Partnership with Belarus.

Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Belarusian counterpart on the imposition by Russian authorities of border controls between Belarus and Russia.

Photo of Boris Johnson Boris Johnson Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The UK is not a participant in the EU Mobility Partnership with Belarus and has not therefore made such an assessment.

The British Embassy Minsk, as chair of the EU-Belarus Consular Working Group, has engaged the Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the imposition by Russian authorities of border controls between Belarus and Russia. The Ministry have told us that this is a matter for the Russian authorities. The Belarusian authorities are content for all nationals to travel in/out of Belarus provided that they have the correct visas.

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