The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus has expressed regret over Britain's refusal to grant visas to a group of Belarusian children from regions affected by the Chernobyl disaster.
This was announced by the press secretary of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry Andrei Savinykh, BelTA.
The children were sent on vacation.
Savin said that petitioned for the issuance of visas to respectable British humanitarian organization.
However, in A.Savinyh such action — the sovereign right of the British side because no formal complaints in this case can not be present.
Responding to a question about how the incident is perceived against the background of negotiations between Belarus and the EU on visa facilitation for Belarusian citizens A.Savinyh said:
"We do not link this process in this case. On the negotiations on visa liberalization have high expectations, we are committed to continuing this process and are ready to maximally engage constructively with our European counterparts."
On Sunday, the British Ezhednevnik Independent published an article entitled "Chernobyl Children are not allowed in Britain."
This it is that children affected by the Chernobyl accident, the UK Border Agency regularly refuses visas. The article gives specific cases: only seven of the 17 children who had travel to the UK with the help of the charity initiative "Chernobyl Children Life Line", received visas.
On the question of the agency BelaPAN how such actions correspond with the British authorities statements of European Commissioner Štefan Füle on the need to significantly ease the visa relations with Belarus Foreign Ministry spokesman said that the two processes are "unrelated." According to Savin, Belarus "has great hopes for the successful promotion of the process of simplification of visa procedures for Belarusian citizens"." We are in the process and are ready for constructive cooperation with our European partners, "- said a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry.