Belarus' Ministry of Foreign Affairs regrets that Great Britain refused to issue visas for a group of Belarusian children from regions, affected by the Chernobyl disaster, who were going to have a rest in Foggy Albion. It was reported on July 15 by the spokesman for Belarusian Foreign Ministry, Andrei Savinykh.
«I can just express regret about this. Especially, because of the fact that respectable British humanitarian organization petitioned for the issuance of visas for these children», BelTA quotes the diplomat.
«Such actions are the sovereign right of the British side, that’s why we can present no official claim in this case», Andrei Savinikh added. Talking about how this refusal is considered on the background of negotiations between Belarus and the EU on simplification of visa regime for Belarusian citizens, the spokesman stated: «We do not link this process in the case».
«We place much hope on the process of negotiations on visa liberalization, we are committed to move this process and we are ready to work constructively as possible with our European colleagues», the representative of the ministry summed up.