Belarus’ decision to deny entry visas to two members of the OSCE election observation mission to monitor parliamentary elections slated in Belarus for Sept. 23 is not related to the elections as such, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry said. “These two people are foreigners whose entry to the territory of the Republic of Belarus is unwelcome. This has absolutely no relation to the observation of the elections,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Savinykh told Interfax.
“We are determined to maintain constructive interaction with the OSCE mission,” he said. “Belarus will do all it can so that the elections pass openly and in full compliance with national law,” he said. It was reported earlier that Belarus had denied visas to two OSCE monitors from Germany and Lithuania.