On April 30, the Swedish government appointed Martin Åberg Ambassador of Sweden to Belarus. The Swedish Embassy in Minsk was closed down on 30 August 2012 following a decision of the Belarusian authorities not to prolong accreditation of Swedish ambassador Stefan Eriksson, who was accused of carrying out “destructive activity”. The Swedish authorities said in response they would not accept a new Belarusian ambassador and recommended two employees of the Belarusian embassy to leave Stockholm. Belarus’s Embassy in Stockholm stopped its work later on that year. Functions of the Swedish embassy in Minsk have been performed by the Estonian diplomatic mission and functions of the Belarusian embassy in Stockholm have been performed by the Embassy of Latvia. The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs cites “mutual efforts” for the improvement of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Martin Åsberg is currently chargé d’affaires ad interim at the Embassy in Minsk, and has previously he served in Riga, Kinshasa, Helsinki and Moscow.