MINSK, 14 May (BelTA) – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Maksim Yermolovich presented his credentials to Queen Elizabeth II on 14 May, BelTA learned from the ambassador's Facebook account.
“Today I have presented my credentials as the Belarusian ambassador to the Queen. We had a very warm conversation. It was a great ceremony held in the best traditions of the royal protocol,” Maksim Yermolovich wrote.
Later, the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that the ceremony was held in Buckingham Palace, the official London residence for the monarch of the United Kingdom. The Queen greeted the ambassadors via a video call. "During the brief conversation, the parties confirmed mutual intention to develop economic and humanitarian cooperation between the two countries," the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
It is known that in late April the Queen held digital audiences greeting foreign ambassadors.
Maksim Yermolovich, who had previously served as the Belarusian finance minister, was appointed ambassador to the United Kingdom in July 2020. He had been specifically groomed for the job, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “By the way, [Russian Prime Minister Mikhail] Mishustin spoke highly of him. He told me a lot about him, even things I didn't know. He had a very good opinion of our finance minister and expressed regret as I told him that he was leaving for the UK as part of a grand design,” the head of state said.