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Belarus MFA: Russia diplomat has yet to learn difference between federal district, independent state

Politics 15.03.2019 | 12:36

MINSK, 15 March (BelTA) - Anatoly Glaz, Head of the Information and Digital Diplomacy Office, Press Secretary of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affair, commented on the recent interview of Russian Ambassador to Belarus Mikhail Babich to the RIA Novosti news agency and the diplomat's assessment of the Belarusian-Russian relations, BelTA has learned.

When asked whether he shares these views Anatoly Glaz said: “Honestly, I don't always have time to read all interviews given by Mikhail Babich. But fortunately they are all similar, with the patronizing style never changing much.

“Therefore, without reading into detail, I can say that the relations between our countries and peoples are much deeper and more comprehensive than an artificial, manufactured set of numbers which the Russian diplomat regularly cites. But it is up to him to set the bar that turns him into an accounts clerk or a promising accountant,” Anatoly Glaz said.

“It would be advisable to devote more time to looking into the specifics of the host country, to study its history and show a little respect. Sometimes such work ethics yields much better results than taking on the role of a ‘public diplomacy' enthusiast which is so uncharacteristic of the Russian diplomatic school which has long-standing traditions. In my opinion, for his short time in Belarus, he simply has not understood the difference between a federal district and an independent state. I think our partners will be given detailed responses to the statements made by Mr Ambassador soon,” Anatoly Glaz added.

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