According to SVT text-TV today the White Russia (Belarus) and Swedish strained relationship has escalated. In the text-TV I read that White Russia is closing their ambassy in Stockholm. They also are said “to put all blame on Swedens actions”.
I am just wondering what actions? Individual people´s actions? What has Sweden done? Nothing. Sweden hasn´t done anything. So why are White Russia so, should I use the word, angry? We are a country of individuals. After all this is also “seen” in politics. I don´t agree upon the rulers on many things, but in a democracy I have to accept that the majority wants the ones on the top to rule. That is how it works, majority chooses. So I think that each and everyone should be judged only on each and everyones actions.
However I am just thinking that this strained relationship is just sad. It all has been said to start (read my earlier articles, they contain sources to original source) with a teddy bear action. White Russia believes that our state is somehow paying people in White Russia to educate in activities hostile to White Russias government in ruling. However I have a hard time believing that Sweden ever would. I believe that is just paranoia, like some articles in the news channels earlier have suggested.
I am just wondering why this conflict escalates all the time. Was it not enough that the Swedish ambassador in White Russia was exiled? No, now the ambassy closes. Oh mine. I just scratch my head.
Usually when a relationship is strained its due to communication problems, cultural differences or personal chemistry. The two parties are to much different in some cases and cannot meet in the middle on the same level. This is what diplomacy is usally about. Meeting in the middle, taking and giving some.
For all the besserwissers out there – White Russia can be used in a everyday language. For those that want to can however use the modern English term Belarus. I however prefer the other and therefor use it and I do not consider changing it.
Update: The ruler in White Russia believes that the Swedish government was involvd in the teddy bear action and demands answers according to DN.se.
The Americans have said they support any actions from European countries that want to support freedom of speach and human rights in White Russia, according to DN.se.