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Belarusian Foreign Minister Makej dies

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Vladimir Makej previously spoke in favor of opening up Belarus to the West. But then the foreign minister changed course. Now he’s dead. Many questions are open.


Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makej died unexpectedly at the age of 64. State news agency Belta reported “sudden death” on Saturday without providing further details. Nothing was known about the diseases.

Moscow in shock

The first condolence messages came from Russia, the closest ally of Belarus. Maria Zakharova, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said:

We were shocked by the news of the death of the Belarusian foreign minister.

Spokesperson of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maria Zakharova

Makej attended the Moscow-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) summit in Yerevan, the Armenian capital, this week.

Makej has long been a proponent of opening up to the west

Makej was the authoritarian country’s Foreign Minister for ten years and was a confidant of long-time monarch Alexander Lukashenko. He was at the head of the presidential administration before becoming a minister. At times, Makej has also been traded as a possible successor to Lukashenko. The president has been in power in the former Soviet republic for over a quarter of a century.

Makej has long campaigned for his country’s better relations with the West and is critical of its ally Russia. However, he backed off from that course after mass public protests against the 2020 presidential election. He described the protests as a campaign of Western agents.

The leadership in Minsk is a close ally of the Kremlin

Earlier this year, he denied fears that Russia could send troops from Belarus to Ukraine. In February, a few weeks before the start of the Russian offensive, he declared that after joint exercises with Russia on the Ukrainian border, “not a single” Russian soldier would remain in Belarus.

Belarus has been sanctioned by Western states for human rights abuses and crackdown on opposition figures. The country supports Russia in its war against common neighbor Ukraine, but disagrees with the invasion itself.

Source: ZDF

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