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25 Oct 2018

Belarus responds to Ukrainian concerns about ‘Russian presence’

Belarus responds to Ukrainian concerns about ‘Russian presence’

MINSK, 25 October (BelTA) – Anatoly Glaz, Head of the Information and Digital Diplomacy Office, Press Secretary of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has made a few comments in response to a recent statement by Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavel Klimkin, BelTA has learned.

The day before Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavel Klimkin stated that the stay of Ukrainian citizens in Belarus can be potentially dangerous because Russian government agencies operate in the country.

Anatoly Glaz said: “Our Ukrainian colleagues now think purely in military terms, including about its closest neighbor – the Republic of Belarus. Yesterday in Vienna they drew a scary picture about some tank hordes rolling into Ukraine from the territory of Belarus. Although our head of state has repeatedly said that Ukraine can be ‘occupied’ only by hordes of Belarusian tractors and harvesters.”

Anatoly Glaz reminded that Pavel Klimkin had talked about the dangers Ukrainian citizens face in Belarus. “There is no sense in commenting on these tales. Let’s ask the 160,000 Ukrainian refugees in Belarus where it is safer for them to live, study, and work. Or let’s ask the 1.5 million Ukrainian citizens, who have visited Belarus this year alone. I think we will hear lucid and precise answers to those questions,” said the press secretary of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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