Men attach a teddy bear to balloons during an opposition picket in central Minsk, August 12, 2012. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
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Belarus appointed an ambassador to Stockholm Tuesday, ending a six-year-old diplomatic spat over a pro-democracy stunt that saw hundreds of teddy bears airdropped by a Swedish public relations firm over the former Soviet republic.Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko appointed Foreign Ministry spokesman Dmitry Mironchik as the new ambassador to Sweden, his official website said.In 2012, Minsk recalled its envoy to Sweden and expelled Sweden's ambassador after the toy bears were parachuted over Belarusian territory via small plane, each carrying a message calling for freedom of speech and urging the authoritarian country to show greater respect for human rights.
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