Belarus: Uladzimir Makey is dead. The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Minsk was 64 years old
The Belarusian state agency BELTA informed about the sudden death of the head of diplomacy Uladzimir Makei. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus died at the age of 64.
The state news agency BiełTA referred to the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Anatol Hłaz.
– He died suddenly a few hours ago. Nothing foreshadowed it. A great loss for all of us,” the spokesman said. He added that on Friday, Makiej “discussed work plans for the next week.”
Visit to Armenia
The cause of death of the foreign minister was not announced. According to the independent portal Nasz Niwa, Makej was at his home in Drozdy (Minsk district), where he suffered a heart attack. “As far as we know, he did not turn to medics quickly enough because he did not take his condition seriously” – our Niwa reported, citing his sources, which he did not indicate.
The Belarusian section of Radio Svoboda recalled that on Tuesday, Makei visited Armenia, where he participated in a meeting of the heads of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (ODKB) states chaired by Russia.
Radio Svoboda also pointed out that there was no mention of Makei’s death on the website of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It was reported that on Friday the Minister of Foreign Affairs held a meeting with the Apostolic Nuncio to Belarus, Archbishop Ante Jozić.
However, the information appeared on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Twitter account. “Today, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Uladzimir Makey died suddenly,” it said. Flags were also lowered in front of the ministry building in Minsk.
Condolences from Russia
The first reactions and expressions of sympathy came from Russia – from the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the State Duma. According to the Russian media, a visit to Minsk by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was planned for Sunday and Monday.
Uladzimir Makey was the head of Belarusian diplomacy from August 20, 2012. Before taking this office, he worked in the administration of President Alyaksandr Lukashenko.
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