Belarusian Embassy to Request Information From UK Authorities on Attack Against Diplomat
13:23 GMT 29.12.2021 (Updated: 21:24 GMT 29.12.2021)
LONDON (Sputnik) - The Belarusian Embassy in London plans to send an official request on the progress of an investigation into an attack on the diplomatic mission to the UK authorities, Ambassador Maksim Ermolovich told Sputnik.
"We have not sent any official inquiries about the preliminary results of the investigation to the police so far, but we are going to do this in the near future - both directly to the municipal police and a request through diplomatic channels. Of course, we are interested in how the investigation is going on, who these people are", the diplomat said.
The embassy is discussing with British authorities a mechanism to protect diplomats after the incident, the ambassador added.
"Now we are taking all the necessary measures to bring the perpetrators to justice. We turned to the police, obtained an opinion from the NHS [National Health Service of the UK] about the injuries inflicted on the employee of the diplomatic mission," Ermolovich said.
The ambassador stressed that the arrival of the Metropolitan police to the Belarusian embassy for some reason had dragged on for a longer time than expected.
20 December 2021, 18:48 GMT
According to Ermolovich, the police received a video of the incident. The video, shot by the staff of the Belarusian Embassy in London, allegedly shows the suspected perpetrators.
"Our compatriots and, in general, those involved in this incident did not really hide their faces and it seems to me that it will not be difficult for the representatives of the British police to establish their identity. I hope that this has already been done," Ermolovich said.
The ambassador added that on December 19, the Belarusian citizens came to the embassy to express their protest.
The incident took place on 19 December and left one diplomat seriously injured
. After the arrival of law enforcement agencies, the assailants attempted to escape from the scene. One attacker was detained by the London diplomatic police but later released.