Alexander Belta, Belarus’s former foreign secretary, reported that Vladimir Makei (former foreign minister) has died suddenly. He didn’t give any further details. Makei had been in his current position since 2012.
Makei (64) was attending a conference of Collective Security Treaty Organizations, a military alliance that includes several post-Soviet countries. He met his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov Monday.
Makei was an important figure in the efforts to improve relations between Belarusia and the West prior to the 2020 presidential election, and the mass antigovernment protests. He also criticised Russia.
However, after the protests started, he abruptly changed his mind and claimed that they were motivated and inspired by the West.
Makei, who supports close relations between Moscow, Minsk, and Moscow, said that Russia had initiated the invasion of Ukraine in Feb and that the West had provoked the event and that the Ukrainian authorities should accept Russian terms for peace.
A few days before war started, Makei promised that no attack from Belarus would be made against Ukraine. A few days later, he was proven wrong by Russian troops.
Maria Zakharova was a Russian foreign ministry spokesperson. She posted on Telegram “We are shocked by the reports of Vladimir Makei, the Head of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Belarus, dying.” Soon, official condolences will be published.”
Alexander Lukashenko, a Belarusian who refused to join the protests of 2020, expressed condolences.
Sviatlana TSikhanouskaya (exiled opposition Leader), in reference to Makei’s death, called Makei traitor to the Belarusian People.
“In 2020, Makei betrayed the Belarusian people and supported dictatorship. Tsikhanouskaya stated that this is how Belarusian people will remember him.
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