Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makey died suddenly at the age of 64. The state news agency “Belta” announced it on Saturday.
Makey he has held the position since 2012.
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He attended a conference of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) – a military alliance of several post-Soviet states – in the Armenian capital of Yerevan earlier this week. and on Monday he was due to meet his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.
Ahead of presidential elections and massive anti-government protests in Belarus in 2020. Mackay was one of the initiators of efforts to improve relations with Belarus with the West and criticized Russia.
Instead he abruptly changed position after the start of the protests, stating that they were made with the help of the West.
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“We are shocked by the news of the death of the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Makei, the spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova wrote on her Telegram channel. Official condolences will be published soon.”