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21 Jun 2019

Lukashenko presents Order of Friendship of Peoples to Kadyrov

Lukashenko presents Order of Friendship of Peoples to Kadyrov

MINSK, 21 June (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has bestowed the Order of Friendship of Peoples upon Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov on 21 June, BelTA has learned.

Ramzan Kadyrov arrived in Minsk on 21 June to attend the opening ceremony of the 2nd European Games. In the run-up to the event, he met with the Belarusian head of state.

“Ramzan, thank you very much for keeping your promises. I always say: “He is a real man. He does what he promises to do”. Thank you for our people whom we were unlikely to see back in Belarus but for your help. You are not just a friend, you are a brother for me, for our people. The fact that I am awarding you with the Order of Friendship [of Peoples] bears a special significance. This is not just some political movements. You have deserved it as a person who made our people, our individuals happy. This makes me really happy, too” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

Later, Ramzan Kadyrov told the media that the Chechen delegation is always happy to visit Belarus and every visit to Minsk bears great significance for them. “We appreciate our relations with Belarus very much. We maintain sport, cultural, and industrial cooperation,” he said.

Speaking about the award he received from the Belarusian president, Ramzan Kadyrov said that he would try to justify this confidence. “A person’s life is the most precious thing. If we were able to help in the liberation of a person and his return home, and the president and the people appreciated it, this stands high,” the head of the Chechen Republic said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko signed the decree to award Ramzan Kadyrov with the Order of Friendship of Peoples in August 2018. The head of the Chechen Republic received the award in recognition of his considerable contribution to strengthening friendly relations and comprehensive cooperation with Belarus. 
As was reported earlier, Ramzan Kadyrov has made personal contribution to the liberation of Belarusian citizens from captivity in Libya. One of them, Vyacheslav Kachura, returned home in early February 2018. He was the last of the Belarusian citizens captured during the Libyan political crisis of 2011.

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