February 7, 2023

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Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei has died at the age of 64, officials say

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Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei has died suddenly at the age of 64, the country’s foreign ministry said on Saturday.

“Vladimir Makei, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, passed away suddenly today,” the Foreign Ministry announced on its official Facebook account, without giving any details about the circumstances of the Foreign Minister’s death.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Saturday offered his condolences to Makei’s family and friends, according to a statement published on the president’s website.

Makei was scheduled to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday. The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it mourned the news of his death and described him as a “true friend” of Russia.

“The management and employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation deeply mourn the untimely death of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Makei on November 26 this year,” the statement said.

“An outstanding diplomat and statesman, a true patriot who dedicated his life to serving his fatherland and protecting its interests on the international stage, has died.

“Vladimir Vladimirovich Makei was a true friend of Russia, who made a unique contribution to the comprehensive development of broad bilateral cooperation, the integrated establishment of the Union State and the strengthening of ties between the brotherly peoples of Russia and Belarus.

“Vladimir Vladimirovich Makei will forever remain in our hearts as a man of broad soul and deep wisdom, a brilliant professional, colleague and loyal comrade who won the love and respect not only of the citizens of his country, but far beyond its borders from Belarus.”

The Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed that Lavrov’s planned visit to Minsk on Monday had been postponed after Makei’s death.

According to his official biography on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, Makei was born in 1958 in the Grodno region of Belarus.

In 1980 he graduated from the Minsk State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages. From 1980 to 1993 he served in the USSR and Belarus Armed Forces before becoming Assistant President of Belarus. From 2008 to 2012 he was the head of the administration of the President of Belarus.

Vladimir Makei has been the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus since August 22, 2012. He had the diplomatic rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.

Ahead of the Russian invasion in February, Makei stressed that no one would attack Ukraine from Belarusian territory. This was said during a phone conversation between the defense ministers of Belarus and Ukraine, according to a report by the Belarusian news agency Belta, and repeated by Makei at a press conference in Minsk.

According to the minister, the phone call took place at the initiative of Kyiv. He stressed that Belarus always stands for open dialogue and is ready to conduct it on any sensitive issues.

“The topics were positively discussed. Much has been clarified for both sides, especially for the Ukrainian side. It was clearly stated from our side that no one would attack,” the minister said in comments that turned out to be false a few days later.

He added that Belarus has never deviated from the friendly stance in relations with its neighbor Ukraine.

On February 28, Makei was quoted by Belta as saying that Belarus is ready to help resolve the crisis between Russia and Ukraine.

“Of course, all Belarusians are interested in a concrete result,” he said, according to the agency.