Lukasjenko blames embassy for teddy bear stunt
President Aleksandr Lukasjenko Thursday said the expelled Swedish Ambassador worked with the Swedish PR company that dropped teddy bears from the sky with parachutes and a message of freedom from a plane last month. The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs denies the embassy's involvement in the stunt.
During a visit with journalists to a dairy production facility in Hrodna Thursday Aleksandr Lukasjenko offered advice about cows. Then he commented on the frozen relationship with Sweden, linking last month's teddy bear bombing to the Swedish embassy, Swedish Radio News reports.
He said a Swedish PR bureau flew in via Lithuania and across the Belarus border, where it dropped the message-bearing teddy bears. Three journalists are sitting in prison for the stunt.
Anders Jörle, spokesman for the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, told TT news agency that no one at the embassy or from the MFA in Stockholm were involved in the teddy bear drop.